The latest on the on-air killing of two TV station employees in Virginia (all times local):
Journalists across the country have joined in tributes on social media websites to WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward.
Broadcasters from Boston to San Diego are posting photos of themselves or their staffs with the hashtag #WeStandWithWDBJ on Facebook and Twitter.
Some are wearing ribbons in the selfies. Others offer condolences and indicate their solidarity with the Roanoke, Virginia, TV station.
Parker and Ward were shot and killed on live television during an interview Wednesday morning. The gunman, 41-year-old Vester Flanagan, died hours later of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Hearts remain heavy for the morning news team at WDBJ-TV two days after two station employees were shot to death on the air.
Morning anchor Kim McBroom started Friday’s broadcast by telling viewers, “another tough morning for us, but we’re soldiering on.”
Tributes to reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward continued to dominate the 5 a.m. newscast. This time, news unrelated to the tragedy dotted the program.
Parker and Ward were fatally shot by a former co-worker while conducting a live interview at Smith Mountain Lake.
McBroom says Ward was a contributor to the station’s Friday night high school football coverage. The high school season starts Friday night.
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.
Friday’s reopening of Bridgewater Plaza comes two days after 41-year-old Vester Flanagan killed two journalists from a Roanoke TV station where he once worked, and wounded the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce official they were interviewing.
Flanagan’s hair-trigger temper became evident at least 15 years ago at WTWC-TV in Tallahassee, Florida, said Don Shafer, who hired him there in 1999. 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.”
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