From a Washington Post interview with the father:
Originally Posted by Sarzy
“Initially, we had some hope, but I knew in my heart of hearts,” Andy Parker, 62, said in an interview with The Washington Post. “Alison would have called me immediately to say she was okay.”
About an hour after the 24-year-old television reporter was gunned down while doing a live interview outside a shopping center in southwest Virginia, a senior manager at the CBS affiliate station called her family to say she had been killed by a disgruntled former co-worker.
“My grief is unbearable,” said her father, a banking industry recruiter from Martinsville, Va. “Is this real? Am I going to wake up? I am crying my eyes out. I don’t know if there’s anybody in this world or another father who could be more proud of their daughter.”
He was horrified to learn that the gunman, Vester L. Flanagan II, a 41-year-old former colleague at the TV station, had recorded the shooting and posted video online.
“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.”