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Gunman in on-air deaths remembered as ‘professional victim’.

The medical examiner’s office in Roanoke office said Friday that WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker’s official cause of death was gunshot wounds to the head and chest. Moments after Vester Flanagan was fired in 2013 from the Virginia station WDBJ, he handed a wooden cross to the news director and said, “You’ll need this,” GM Jeff Marks says.Cluttered with sex toys and decorated with glamour shots during his days as a model, vainglorious killer Vester Lee Flanagan’s Roanoke, Va. one-bedroom apartment was bereft of all but the most basic home furnishings when police raided the near-empty abode Thursday, video obtained by the Telegraph showed.ROANOKE, Va. (CBS News/CBSDC/AP) — Outside the studios for CBS Roanoke affiliate WDBJ-TV, friends and strangers gathered Thursday night at a candlelight vigil to honor the lives of Alison Parkerand Adam Ward.

The pictures paint a more detailed portrait of the man who has been described as a disgruntled colleague of his victims who wanted to launch a race war against white people. Vester Lee Flanagan, 41, who went by the broadcast name of Bryce Williams, shot Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, on Wednesday morning in Virginia during a live TV broadcast. After escaping the scene, he uploaded video of the moment he shot them dead on to social media before shooting0 himself and later dying of his injuries. Flanagan, 41, interpreted efforts by the station to improve his performance and persuade him to work more cooperatively with colleagues as discrimination, said Dennison, who now works as a communications manager at the Hawaii state Department of Land and Natural Resources. The sparse property was found to contain few belongings and is only decorated by photos of the broadcaster posing for modelling and publicity shots, taped to his fridge.

After the shooting, someone claiming to be Williams faxed a 23 page letter to ABC News, referring to the Charleston massacre in June, saying in part: “What sent me over the top was the church shooting. Flanagan’s departure then was filmed by Adam Ward, the cameraman who was killed along with reporter Alison Parker during an on-air interview Wednesday morning. And my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them.” He later added that he suffered racial discrimination and bullying at work, claiming he was attacked by black men and white females for being a gay black man.

Mikey Monaghan and her husband, Patrick, say they had reservations about going to CJ’s Coffee and Sandwich Shop on Friday morning because they wanted to be respectful. There’s little sign of the deadly shooting that took place at the Moneta shopping plaza two days ago, other than two floorboards that have been replaced. Shafer recalled Flanagan as a good reporter and a “clever, funny guy” — but said he also had conflicts with co-workers “to the point where he was threatening people.” “Had some physical confrontations with a couple of people, and at one point became such a distraction that we finally had to terminate him,” said Shafer, now news director with XETV in San Diego. Investigators also found dozens of scented tea light candles next to the bathroom sink and a collection of sex toys that had “human material” on them.

A former co-worker at a UnitedHealthcare call centre where Flanagan worked until late 2014 said he tried to grab her shoulder and told her never to speak to him again after she offhandedly said he was unusually quiet. There was also a briefcase with three license plates, a wig, shawl and sunglasses — a possible sign the former reporter was planning on getting away in disguise. The local news channel where Flanagan had previously worked with Palmer and Ward said it received a faxed manifesto in Bryce Williams’ name at 8.26am on Wednesday.

The manager of a bar in Roanoke said Flanagan was so incensed when no one thanked him for his business as he left the tavern that he sent a nearly 20-page letter, lambasting employees’ behaviour. “How heartless can you be? My entire life was disrupted after moving clear across the country for a job only to have my dream turn into a nightmare,” Flanagan wrote in a letter to a judge filed as part of his 2013 lawsuit against WDBJ-TV. “Your Honor, I am not the monster here.” The lawsuit was dismissed in July 2014. In the rambling manifesto, in which Flanagan claims he faced discrimination as “a black gay man”, he continued: “I’ve been a human powder keg for a while… just waiting to go BOOM!!!!” He contacted ABC News about what he claimed was a story tip and filled his Facebook page with photos and video montages seemingly designed to introduce himself to a larger audience.

In lieu of a funeral, Parker’s parents say they plan to hold a celebration of life with close friends and family in honor of their daughter. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. She says she’s been in the area for 10 years and calls it “the safest place I’ve ever lived.” She called the third victim, local Chamber of Commerce official Vicki Gardner, the face of Smith Mountain Lake.

The shopping center is right on the lake, and DiGiorgi noted that Gardner, who was shot in the back and is in good condition at a hospital, works right nearby. On Thursday, the station’s general manager, Jeffrey Marks, recalled a series of problems with Flanagan while he worked at WDBJ from March 2012 to February 2013. He says that after the attack, Vicki Gardner got up and walked to the ambulance after being shot, and she didn’t know the extent of her injuries at that point. At San Francisco State University, Flanagan relished being in the spotlight during group presentations. “He was such a nice guy, just a soft-spoken, well-dressed, good-looking guy.

Businesses are reopening in Virginia at the scene of this week’s on-air shooting as more details surface of the gunman’s long history of confronting and bullying co-workers at a succession of television and customer-service jobs.

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