Tuesday, friends and family say a final goodbye for one of the two journalists shot to death on live television last week. Family and friends will gather Tuesday morning for the funeral of WDBJ photojournalist Adam Ward.
On Monday, a celebration of life was held at the high school in Salem that Ward graduated from lasted more than six hours because there were so many people at the ceremony. While the event was filled with tears, there were also lots of stories and laughter as people shared their favorite memories of Ward.
Adam Ward and WDBJ reporter Alison Parker were shot to death on live television last Wednesday. The shooter was a former reporter at the station, Vester Lee Flanagan. After shooting Ward and Parker, Flanagan drove off, then took his own life.
Alison and Adam are both being remembered as incredible people, whose lives were taken too soon. Those who knew both Adam and Alison are determined to remember them how they lived, not how they died.
Adam was just 27 years old and was recently engaged to a WDBJ producer. He was a graduate of Salem High School, where he played football on two state-championship teams. He was also a proud Virginia Tech graduate, and many people wore the school colors to honor him on Monday.
WUSA9 will have a crew in Roanoke for the funeral.
Alison’s funeral has been set for a later date.
Vicki Gardner, the third person shot in the incident, is still in the hospital in good condition.