Roanoke, Virginia TV station WDPJ7's morning team honored fallen colleagues Alison Parker and Adam Ward with an on-air moment of silence on Thursday, a day after a former employee shot the two dead during a live broadcast.
Parker, a 24-year-old reporter, and Ward, a 27-year-old cameraman, were killed while reporting at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta about the 50th anniversary of the man-made Smith Mountain Lake.
"It was this moment around this time that we went live to Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward," co-anchor Kimberly McBroom said during WDBJ7's newscast that morning, holding hands with meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner, who was seen wiping away tears, and anchor Steve Grant, who came in from sister station KYTV in Springfield, Missouri to help reinforce the grieving station.
"As we approach that moment, we want to pause and reflect and we want to share with you once again what made these two so special, not just to us, but to all of our hometowns that WBDJ7 serves," McBroom said. "Please join us now in a moment of silence."
Outside the building, members of the community left bouquets, pots and wreaths of flowers and balloons to express their condolences.