ROANOKE, VA - The murder plot that unfolded on a live newscast in Roanoke, Virginia Wednesday morning, shook newsrooms across the nation and shattered hearts.
One day later, while many paused for a moment of silence for slain journalists, 24-year-old Alison Parker, a reporter, and 27-year-old Adam Ward, a news photographer; loved ones of the victims who were shot to death by former coworker Vester Flanagan, speak out.
"She would be texting me right now saying 'Dad, what'd you think of my story, what'd you think of it?' and I'm never going to hear that again," said Andy Parker, Alison's father.
Alison and her boyfriend, also a journalist at WDBJ-TV were planning to get married.
"I need the entire world to know that a woman as amazing as her exits and was taken too soon, and our love is forever," said Chris Hurst.
Photographer Adam Ward was also engaged. His fiance', a morning show producer, was in the control room and saw him gunned down. Reportedly, her wedding dress was delivered the same day of the shooting.
A family friend of Adam Ward remembers him as very ambitious.
"What's especially tragic, is not only was he robbed of his life, the world was robbed of the future goals that he would have achieved," said family friend, Alan Seibert.
Vicki Gardner, the woman who was shot while being interviewed, is recovering in good condition. Her husband says he was watching the interview on TV when she was shot in the back.
"There's no making sense of it. Obviously, a very disturbed individual wanted to take out his former coworkers. It's just a senseless deed, and my wife happened to be here at the wrong time," Vicki's husband, Tim Gardner said.
While family and coworkers are healing, at least two news stations from Missouri have sent some of its staff to help WDBJ-TV with day-to-day coverage.
One small plug in a very big gap to fill.