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Alison Parker

US tv news reporter shot dead during interview

Died when: 24 years 7 days (288 months)
Star Sign: Leo

The murders of Alison Parker and Adam Ward took place on the morning of August 26, 2015, when news reporter Parker and photojournalist Ward, both employees of CBS affiliate WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia, United States, were fatally shot while conducting a live television interview near Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta.

They were interviewing Vicki Gardner, executive director of the local chamber of commerce, when all three were attacked by a gunman.

Parker, age 24, and Ward, age 27, died at the scene, while Gardner survived.The gunman was 41-year-old Vester Lee Flanagan II, a former reporter at WDBJ who had been fired in 2013 for disruptive conduct.

After a five-hour manhunt, Flanagan shot himself during a car chase with police officers and died later at a hospital.

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