Vester Flanagan, 41, had a plan on Aug. 25 when he decided to shoot and kill both Adam Ward, 27, and Alison in Moneta, Virginia. As more details continue to come out regarding the shooting, Chris explained to CNN how difficult it has become for him to learn all the new information. “You start to see things you maybe didn’t want to see. News you didn’t want to see and the images,” he said in an interview with CNN. “It gets harder and harder all the time.”
The 28-year-old journalist has been conducting many interviews regarding his slain girlfriend. But perhaps the most heartbreaking one was when he teared up in the first interview after her murder. “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,” he told CNN. “I’m so saddened that there was nothing that could have been done to keep her safe, I truly believe that.” The whole ordeal is hard for many to deal with, especially Alison’s father, Andy.
Alison’s Father Feels As If His Heart Has Been Ripped Out
Alison’s father knows what happened that fateful day, but he refuses to watch the footage from the morning broadcast. “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.”
Our prayers and thoughts continue to go out to both Alison and Adam’s families and friends during this difficult time.
— Michelle Phi