Vester Flanagan’s family is finally speaking out after the vicious Aug. 26 murders of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. The family made statements offering their ‘deepest condolences’ to the families of the victims and said Vester’s actions were a ‘shock to everyone.’
Vester Flanagan’s family broke their silence about the brutal murders of Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27. The family said they are in complete “shock” over the slayings and offered their “deepest condolences” to the victims’ grieving loved ones.
“It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness we express our deepest condolences to the families of Alison Parker and Adam Ward,” Amber Bowen, a representative for the Vester’s family, said in a statement on Aug. 26. “We are praying for the recovery of Vicki Gardner [a third victim]. Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with the victims’ families and the WDBJ television station family.”
Amber was asked if the shooting was as much of a shock to the family as it was to the world, according to Daily Mail. She replied, “It’s a shock to everyone.” Vester’s family made an earlier statement to KRON: “Words cannot express the hurt that we feel for the victims. Our family is asking that the media respect our privacy.”
Alison and Adam were shot to death live on-air while filming a feature story in Moneta, Virginia. A third victim, Vicki Gardner, was shot in the back and is currently in the hospital. Vester (also known as Bryce Williams), who was a former colleague of both Alison and Adam, was named as a suspect in the shootings. He allegedly posted two videos of the shooting on social media.
Alison’s family issued a statement hours after the shooting and said they were “crushed” over Alison’s death. “Our vivacious, ambitious, smart, beautiful, engaging, hilarious, beautiful and immensely talented Alison was taken from the world. This is senseless and our family is crushed,” the family said.
Our thoughts remain with the victims’ families during this difficult time.
— Avery Thompson