When WDBJ news anchor Chris Hurst went to bed early Wednesday morning after his night shift at the station, he had no idea that he'd be waking up to an actual nightmare.
Having just moved into an apartment with girlfriend Alison Parker, a WDBJ reporter, he fixed her scrambled eggs and a smoothie so that she'd have something to eat before heading to work at 3:30 am.
Posted by Chris Hurst Wdbj on Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Just a few hours later, Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were shot by a former WDBJ employee, Bryce Williams (aka Vester Lee Flanagan), during a live broadcast. Hurst is still in shock.
“We had a love that burned white hot,” he says in a new interview of the duo's eight-month relationship, adding that the last text he received from Parker was, "Good night, sweet boy."
Parker and fellow victim, Adam Ward. (Photo Credit: Twitter)
Briefly touching on Williams, Hurst says that he hopes the tragic event will start a bigger discussion regarding mental illness. “Maybe we can have a real conversation about these issues — not gun violence but hate and love,” he shares.
Yesterday, Hurst remembered his "radiant" girlfriend in a series of tweets:
We didn't share this publicly, but @AParkerWDBJ7 and I were very much in love. We just moved in together. I am numb. pic.twitter.com/tUrHVwAXcN— Chris Hurst (@chrishurstwdbj) August 26, 2015
We didn't share this publicly, but @AParkerWDBJ7 and I were very much in love. We just moved in together. I am numb. pic.twitter.com/tUrHVwAXcN
We were together almost nine months. It was the best nine months of our lives. We wanted to get married.We just celebrated her 24th birthday— Chris Hurst (@chrishurstwdbj) August 26, 2015
We were together almost nine months. It was the best nine months of our lives. We wanted to get married.We just celebrated her 24th birthday
Our thoughts remain with him and both victims' families during this difficult time.
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