WBDJ7 reporter Alison Parker in her own words

ROANOKE, Va. (MEDIA GENERAL) – At just 24 years old, WBDJ7 reporter Alison Parker had her entire career ahead of her.

Parker interned at WBDJ7 in Roanoke, Va., in 2012 while attending James Madison University. She returned to the station in May of 2014 as a reporter on their morning show.

Parker grew up in Roanoke and reporting for a local station was her dream.

In a three minute video posted on the station’s YouTube page, Parker shares fun facts about herself including her favorite hobby, favorite food and favorite TV characters.

“Enchiladas, tacos, you name it I will eat and the spicier the better,” she says when talking about her favorite food, Mexican.

She also reveals her love for the fine arts. Her father was on Broadway and she played the trumpet and French horn in high school.

As a child, Parker says she was interested in math and science and wanted to become either a doctor or pharmacist.

She became neither but was okay with it.  “As I journalist I get to cover those fields so it’s close enough,” she said.

Parker and her photographer, Adam Ward, 27, were shot and killed during a live interview Wednesday morning in Moneta, southeast of Roanoke.

Suspect Vester Flanagan, 41, previously worked at WBDJ7 before being fired. He died early Wednesday afternoon of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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