WDBJ anchors hold moment of silence in emotional tribute to murdered colleagues

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ROANOKE, Va. -- Twenty-four hours after two of their own were shot to death on live TV, WDBJ observed a moment of silence on air in an emotional tribute.

The station marked the moment of silence at 6:45 a.m. Thursday. At that time Wednesday, reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed by a former employee of the Virginia TV station.

During the moment of silence, WDBJ showed photos of the two victims during the live broadcast of its "Mornin'" show.

Just before the moment of silence, anchor Kim McBroom joined hands with weatherman Leo Hirsbrunner and anchor Steve Grant, who came in from sister station KYTV in Springfield, Missouri, to help the grieving station.

She said: "Joining hands here on the desk. It's the only way to do it."

Vester Lee Flanagan II shot Parker, 24, and Ward, 27, while Parker was live on air on WDBJ via Ward's camera, a video of the incident showed.

Flanagan, a former WDBJ reporter himself who went by the pseudonym Bryce Williams, also wounded Vicki Gardner, head of a local chamber of commerce, whom Parker was interviewing.

As Flanagan gunned them down with six or seven shots, viewers were subject to it live, as were colleagues in WDBJ's control room. Ward's fiancee was one of them, said General Manager Jeff Marks.

Later in the day, Flanagan died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Parker and Ward are the first journalists killed in the United States in the line of duty since 2007, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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