Alison Parker’s Father: I Will Do ‘Whatever It Takes To End Gun Violence’

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Andy Parker: Father of dead Virginia journalist says he will work to ensure ‘some good comes from this evil’.

The father of a young journalist shot and killed with her cameraman during a live broadcast, has said he will devote his life to “seeing that some good comes from this evil”. “Last Wednesday, my daughter Alison was brutally struck down in the prime of her life by a deranged gunman.Jeff Marks, WDBJ 7 general manager, speaks during an interfaith service held in the Shaftman Performance Hall at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke, Va., on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (Natalee Waters | The Associated Press) ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Salem High School will open its doors to the community Monday to commemorate the life of an alumnus — Adam Ward, the 27-year-old cameraman for a Roanoke television station who was slain on live TV last week.

Since then I have stated in numerous interviews with local, national and international media that I plan to make my life’s work trying to implement effective and reasonable safeguards against this happening again,” Mr Parker wrote in the Washington Post. “In recent years we have witnessed similar tragedies unfold on TV: the shooting of a congresswoman in Arizona, the massacre of schoolchildren in Connecticut and of churchgoers in South Carolina.” Ms Parker, 24 and cameraman Adam Ward, 28, journalists with the WBDJ7 station in Roanoke, died last week after being shot by a disgruntled former colleague. The family of Ward, a 2007 graduate of the school, has asked visitors to wear colors of his favorite teams, Virginia Tech and Salem High, where he played football for the Spartans on two state championship teams. Mr Flanagan had accused the station of racial discrimination and rambling letters discovered since his death suggested he was struggling with mental health problems. Constitution’s Second Amendment — enshrining the right to bear arms — is defended tooth and nail by the National Rifle Association (NRA), the main US gun rights lobbying group, which has been successful in blunting drives to restrict weapons sales. On average, about 32,000 people die in firearm-related incidents every year in the United States, which has more firearms in private hands per capita that any other nation.

The shootings occurred as thousands of viewers across the central Virginia community watched and the footage quickly spread to millions on social media. Mr Parker finished his article by recalling the week before his daughter was killed and a rafting trip she took to the Nantahala River in North Carolina with him, her mother, her boyfriend, Chris, and her close friend Katy. “We told each other often the mantra all paddlers must keep in mind while fighting the force of the rapid water: Never stop paddling. Ward and Ott, of Gibbstown, New Jersey, were planning to get married in July 2016. “Adam, I will never find a man so happy, selfless, protective, funny, or charming like you. In 2013, Ward took a picture of himself donating blood the week of a Virginia Tech football game against arch rival Virginia, noting the blood’s resemblance to one of the school’s official colors.

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