ROANOKE, VA (WBTW) – An email was sent to the WDBJ7 News team from someone presenting themselves as a member of Vester Flanagan’s family.
While the letter does not include a specific name of a sender, it is signed, “The Family of Vester Flanagan.” Vester Flanagan is the suspected gunman behind the brutal murders of two WDBJ7 journalists who were working Wednesday morning when they were shot on live TV.
The email offers “condolences to the families of Alison Parker and Adam Ward.”
Alison Parker, 24, was the reporter purportedly gunned down by suspect Vester Flanagan, and Adam Ward, 27, was the WDBJ7 photographer on scene also killed by the shooter.
The third victim in Wednesday morning’s execution style shooting, Vicki Gardner, was also mentioned in the email. Gardner, a representative from Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was being interviewed by Parker when she was shot. Gardner was last reported to be in stable condition.
The email in its entirety is below.
Dear News WDBJ7,
It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we express our deepest condolences to the families of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. We are also praying for the recovery of Vicki Gardner. Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with the victims’ families and the WBDJ7 NEWS family. Words cannot express the hurt that we feel for the victtims. Our family is asking that the media respect our privacy.
The Family of Vester Flanagan