TV reporter Alison Parker, on the left, and her cameraman were shot and killed on live TV in August of 2015 while conducting an interview. Parker’s boyfriend, Chris Hurst, also pictured above on right, was an anchor at the same station where she worked. By Kimberly Richardson, WSBTV.com and The Associated PressThe tipping point for Chris Hurst came last fall while reporting on a shooting at a rail car factory. When the camera was turned off, he wept.
This past summer, a friend of mine gave me a book. I had interviewed her a few times over the years because her daughter was murdered by a man eventually sentenced to life in prison. Then, when I was also personally touched by murder, we connected through a common bond.
The line on the other end of the phone rang one more time before going to an answering machine. When I heard the beep, the words didn't come naturally. I honestly had little idea of what to say. "Hi there, this message is for Diann," I began. "This is Chris Hurst at WDBJ7.