In the aftermath of WBDJ reporter, Alison Parker’s death at the hands of Vester Lee Flanagan, the fallen reporter’s father, Andy Parker this afternoon told of his complete devastation at the news of his daughter’s death.
Told the grief stricken father via the Washington Post: ‘My grief is unbearable,’
Adding: ‘Is this real? Am I going to wake up? I’m crying my eyes out.’
In a heartfelt interview the father describes how he and his wife first heard the news. First, he said, they received a text telling them that Alison had been involved in a shooting. “Initially, we had some hope, but I knew in my heart of hearts,” and the moment he knew that the shooting had been more than just passing, ‘Alison would have called me immediately to say she was okay.’
From the Post:
He is still in disbelief that his daughter was killed as a journalist in such a seemingly safe place.
“Some journalists want to be right out there covering ISIL. She did not want that,” Andy said. “She was not keen on jumping into a middle of a firefight some place.”
Andy Parker also spoke of the horror of discovering that Flanagan had posted video of his daughter and co worker, Adam Ward’s murders on social media.
‘It’s like showing those beheadings,’ he said. ‘I am not going to watch it. I can’t watch it. I can’t watch any news. All it would do is rip out my heart further than it already it is.’