Yesterday morning, as I was getting ready to meet up with a future bride and groom about their upcoming wedding, my phone began to blow up with messages from friends. A friend of mine from highschool had been shot and killed while on air reporting for a local news station. I was fortunate to have known Alison Parker personally in high school through athletics. She was always a caring, fun, care free individual, and a loyal friend. Our thoughts and prayers, as a community, go out to the Parker family and the Ward family as they struggle through the chaos and lost feeling that is losing a dear friend.
We, the staff of Fstoppers, are a community of cameramen, photographers, and news writers. Shootings are normally well outside our realm of coverage, however, in this incidence, it has hit close to home. This horribly tragedy hurts not only because I personally knew one of the victims, but because all of us as creatives have a passion and love for what we do. After such terrible events, we should all stop and be reminded that even the heaviest hearts crumble at the thought of what happened yesterday. Alison Parker and Adam Ward were beautiful people who shared the same love and passion that all of us share within the Fstoppers Community. Again, our thoughts and prayers go out to their family and friends.
Both James Madison University and Patrick Henry Community College, along with the PHCC Foundation, have set up memorial funds in honor of Alison Parker. The proceeds from both funds will be used to help future students follow in Alison's passion for media and media production. More information on these memorial funds can be found on JMU's website and Patrick Henry Community College's website.