Virginia shooting victim Alison Parker’s boyfriend, Chris Hurst, gave his first heartbreaking interview since the love of his life was shot and killed on-air by Vester Flanagan. He revealed that before she left for her last assignment, he made a romantic breakfast for her.
Sadly, Chris Hurst, 28, the boyfriend of Virginia shooting victim, reporter Alison Parker, 24, relived the final moment he had with his girlfriend of nine months before she was brutally murdered by an ex co-worker on the morning of August 26. Chris, a fellow WDBJ reporter, revealed he had made Alison breakfast that morning before he “sent her on her way” with a lunch that he had carefully put together.
Alison and Chris had just moved in together and were planning to marry, even though they had completely different office schedules. Chris worked the six o’clock and the 11 o’clock news, and Alison needed to be at work at 3:30am. Hours after Alison and her good friend and cameraman, Adam Ward, 27, were shot and killed, a devastated Chris revealed that he had done something special for his girlfriend that morning. ‘This morning she had to get up a little extra early to go to Smith Mountain Lake. I made her breakfast, I made her lunch – I sent her on her way,” Chris told reporters, according to the Daily Mail. He revealed they had a scheduled routine, as he would work nights and she would work mornings, and that he always wanted her to text him when she got to work safely. The last thing she texted him was “good night, sweet boy” when she got to work early that morning. So sad.
Chris also mourned Alison’s death on Twitter. Speaking out in extreme grief, he tweeted that their relationship “was the best nine months of our lives” and that he wanted to marry her. Alison’s family also spoke out about how they are crushed by the “senseless” murder.
Vester Flanagan, 41, allegedly shot both Alison and Adam while on a live WDBJ broadcast. He was a former employee of the Virginia station, who was fired in 2013 for being “difficult.” He released a 23-page “Suicide Note for Friends and Family” where he praised past mass murderers and claimed that racial discrimination and sexual harassment drove him to kill. He claims in his alleged Twitter account, under his professional name Bryce Williams, that Alison made racist comments.
Our thoughts continue to go out to Alison and Adam’s loved ones during this difficult time. What a tragedy.
— Julianne Ishler