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‘We are no longer a civilized nation’: Parents of slain reporter Alison Parker bare anguish, anger at daughter’s gun death.

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Salem High School will open its doors to the community Monday to commemorate the life of an alumni — Adam Ward, the 27-year-old cameraman for a Roanoke television station who was slain on live TV last week. “We are no longer a civilized country,” Barbara Parker told The News in her most dramatic and damning comments since her daughter and a colleague were murdered on live television. “We are a nation who has politicians who are cowards,” she said Saturday in the family’s Virginia home. “ … 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. The interfaith service at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke was filled with somber prayers across several religions, along with music from the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and others. The ceremony, attended by about 500 people according to Christie Wills, a spokeswoman for the interfaith group that organized the event, began with a slideshow of the WDBJ-TV journalists wearing warm smiles as they worked together on stories.

Marks said he suspected that the most you would get out of Parker was an “emphatic ‘darn,” and then she would be back hard at work. “Mental illness cannot exist on the periphery of health care,” Marks said. “It should be obvious that it needs to be center stage because most mental illness is treatable if we can get to the sufferer. In this case, we didn’t.” Ward and Parker were on an early morning assignment for WDBJ-TV at Smith Mountain Lake when Vester Lee Flanagan walked up and shot them and Vicki Gardner, a Chamber of Commerce official, with a 9mm Glock pistol during a live interview. The 24-year-old journalist, along with her cameraman, was gone in a muzzle flash of violence, killed by an angry and armed ex-station worker. “I know she’s here, and she always will be,” a sobbing Parker said Saturday, pointing at his heart. “She would be saying, ‘I’m proud of you, Dad.’” “Everything she picked up, she did well,” recalled Andy Parker. “She was a gymnast.

The shootings occurred as thousands of viewers across the central Virginia community watched and the footage quickly spread to millions on social media. She graduated from James Madison University, worked as an intern at WDBJ in Roanoke, and landed a full-time on-air job. “She decided, ‘Well, you know, a reporter would be better because I could cover these things,’ ” her dad recalled. “She was blond and pretty. Barbara Parker, who recalls once meeting her daughter’s killer, now refuses to speak his name — as if it’s an obscenity. “I don’t want to give him the satisfaction of any kind of recognition,” she said. “I’m not going to do it,” he said adamantly. “I’ve not turned the TV on since Wednesday.

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. Thank God I wasn’t watching it (live.)” “When I called her, it went straight to voicemail,” he said. “And I knew something was wrong because she would have called me right away and said, ‘Dad, I’m OK.’” A Friday meeting with Virginia Gov.

Terry McAuliffe elicited immediate support, and Parker just spoke with Mark Kelly — the husband of Gabby Giffords, the ex-congresswoman and gun violence survivor. He’s eager to speak with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an outspoken proponent of gun control legislation since his days in City Hall. Alison’s boyfriend, Chris Hurst, who is an anchor at WDBJ, plans to join in the effort. “I’m trying to get all the groups that are out there, and somehow find a way to galvanize everyone,” said Parker, who knows the task ahead is Herculean. “I’m so emotionally drained,” he said, breaking down once more. “If anything can come out of this, it’s that this mission will be my life’s work. 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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