Melissa Ott was in the control room working her last day at WDBJ as she watched her fiance, cameraman Adam Ward, get shot to death during a live broadcast. As she spent the day coming to terms with the fact that her future husband was dead, her wedding dress arrived in the mail.
Melissa Ott had the worst day of her life on Aug. 27. She watched her soon-to-be husband, Adam Ward, die in front of her very eyes, at the hands of former WDBJ reporter, Vester Flanagan. Shortly after the horrific news circulated around the globe, her fellow colleague, Jean Jadhon, tweeted that Melissa’s wedding dress arrived that same day — just heartbreaking.
Melissa and Adam has recently told the WDBJ newsroom that they were engaged and moving to Charlotte, N.C. The day of the shooting was actually Melissa and Adam’s last day at the network and Melissa’s colleagues had surprised her with balloons and flowers to celebrate. Adam had even told his friends that he had no plans to stay in the news business after their big move. “Adam Ward’s fiancee’s wedding dress arrived today. Sending her love. #heartbreaking #WDBJshooting — Jean Jadhon.”
Melissa took to Facebook to post a very emotional message: “Today, my entire world was flipped upside down. Starting new adventures with my fiance, new jobs, a new city. Getting married, having a family, buying a home. Thats now taken. Im not ok. And I wont be for a long time. But the enormous outpour of love and support from so many of you near and far is so much appreciated … Adam, I will never find a man so happy, selfless, protective, funny, or charming like you. You were the one. You understood me. My soulmate. I will always love you. Please watch over me and keep me strong.”
Adam was in the middle of a live shot with reporter Alison Parker and a Chamber of Commerce official,Vicki Gardner, when Vester approached them and opened fire. Alison and Adam died on the scene. As Adam’s camera kept rolling, it captured Vester aka Bryce Williams‘ face, which helped lead authorities to his capture. Vester later died after a self-inflicted gun shot wound.
Alison’s boyfriend, Chris Hurst, spoke out to CNN and said some very poignant things about Alison and Adam: “Alison and Adam carried no hate in their heart. And expressed no hate or ill will. Her family remains strong, I am trying to find the strength that she always said I had inside of me … she told me all the time she loved me until the ends of the earth and that she felt safe with me. I’m so saddened that there was nothing that could have been done to keep her safe. It really is … our love story I think, is just like Adam and Melissa’s. Adam was the best boyfriend and fiance I could ever imagine, way better than me. His spontaneity to show his love, going the extra mile to prove his love to Melissa was something I have never seen before. And the way he proposed to her was elaborate and well-executed. They were going to be a wonderful married couple … he always made Melissa feel special.”
HollywoodLifers, this is just so sad and our hearts go out to the family and friends of the victims.
— Chloe Melas