Our hearts are broken for Alison Parker and Adam Ward’s families after the journalists’ tragic deaths in Virginia on Aug. 26. Alison’s dad emotionally opened up about his grief, begging for better gun control laws, and comparing Vester Flanagan’s videos of the shooting to the clips of ISIS’ beheadings.
Alison Parker’s dad, Andy, has, understandably, not watched the horrifying videos Vester Flanagan, 41, uploaded of himself shooting and killing the WDBJ7 reporter and her cameraman, Adam Ward, 24. But he’s also making sure his daughter’s memory lives on, and gave a gut-wrenching interview about her tragic death.
After shooting Alison and Adam, Vester went on a Twitter rant, in which he accused the former of ‘racism’ and the latter of going to Human Resources on him when they worked together at WDBJ7. But things only got more shocking and terrifying from there, when he shared a video of himself pulling the trigger on the innocent journalists.
“It’s like showing those beheadings,” Andy told The Washington Post, referring to ISIS’ videos of members beheading hostages. “I am not going to watch it. I can’t watch it. I can’t watch any news. All it would do is rip out my heart further than it already is.”
Andy and Alison’s boyfriend, Chris Hurst, gave emotional interviews to Fox New’s Megyn Kelly less than 24 hours after the 24-year-old’s death, knowing that, as a journalist, it’s what Alison would have wanted. But besides just remembering Alison, Andy also made it clear that he’s going to make it a point to fight for better gun control laws. In fact, he’s already spoken with the governor of Virginia about it, who says he’ll back him up 100%.
“We have got to do something about crazy people getting guns,” Andy told Megyn. “I am going to do something, whatever it takes, to shame legislators about closing loopholes in background checks to make sure crazy people don’t get guns. This isn’t the last you’ve heard from me.”
Our hearts remain with Andy, Chris and the rest of Alison and Adam’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.