We are at a loss for words. Cameraman Adam Ward was shot and killed on August 26 while he was filming an interview in Moneta, Virginia. Friends say the lovable guy was ‘never seen not smiling.’
Adam Ward, 27, was shooting an interview with reporter Alison Parker, 24, at 6:45am on August 26 when a man unexpectedly shot and killed both WDBJ employees. Not only was Adam newly engaged, but he was planning to move to Charlotte to be with his fiancée and his wedding date was set for next summer. Find out more about Adam and this horribly tragic story.
1) Adam is a Virgina Tech Alumni — he graduated from Salem High School in Virginia and then attended Virginia Tech. He graduated from VT in 2001.
2) Adam was a huge football fan — he was a big fan of his college’s football team, according to the station’s general manager.
3) Adam has worked at WDBJ since graduating in 2011 — his official job title was Photojournalist.
4) He was engaged to Melissa Ott — according to his Facebook page, the two were to be married next summer. was in the control room when she shooting happened and she saw the shooting happen live, according to CNN’s senior media correspondent Brian Stelter. Melissa had just moved to Charlotte for a new job and it is being said that Adam was meant to move there soon to be with her.
5) Adam was loved by many — after he was murdered, friends flocked to Adam’s Facebook page to leave their condolences.
Robert Denton, professor and chair of the Department of Communication at Virgina Tech, released this statement in Adam’s remembrance:
“Adam was a delightful person. He worked hard – you could tell he loved what he was doing. He wasn’t afraid to pitch in and do whatever was necessary for the broadcast. He did whatever was needed with a smile and with grace. He was simply a very nice young man and very professional.”
Adam was murdered along with reporter Alison Parke while conducting an interview with Smith Mountain Lake Chamber Director Vicki Gardner at a Bridgewater Plaza near Moneta on Aug. 26, reports CNN. “It’s my very sad duty to report…that Alison and Adam died this morning,” WDBJ’s general manager said on the air after the incident, reports Daily Mail.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Adam, Alison and everyone else hurting during this sad time.
— Shira Benozilio