Reporter's Grieving Dad Remembers Daughter, Vows to Fight for Gun Control
24-year-old WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old photographer Adam Ward were horrifically gunned down during a live broadcast this morning in Moneta, Va.
Parker's father, Andy Parker, and boyfriend, Chris Hurst, spoke to Megyn Kelly on "The Kelly File" tonight in an emotional interview.
Parker, who spoke forcefully in favor of gun control reforms, said that he received a text from one of the WDBJ producers this morning letting him know that there was an incident, but he did not know what had happened to Alison.
He said that when he didn't get the typical daily call from his daughter, he knew something was terribly wrong.
"She loved us, and we were such a tight family. She always called me just to check in," Parker said. "I just had a gut feeling that something was wrong."
Hurst, an anchor at the station, said that Alison had texted him earlier that morning when she got to work safely.
"She texted me 'goodnight, sweet boy,' and that was the last that I had ever heard from her," Hurst said. "And then I was startled awake this morning from phone calls from the station, telling me that there had been a shooting on live television and I needed to come to the station."
Hurst said that when he discovered who the shooter was, an ex-employee at the station, he was not surprised because the man was well-known for his volatility.
Parker said that his daughter was a true journalist, and even though she was only 24 years old, she lived a wonderful, full, happy life.
"Everybody that she touched loved her. And she loved everybody back."
Parker said the country must "do something about crazy people getting guns," arguing that a week from now, news outlets will no longer be covering the murders.
He said he is not going to let this issue drop and told Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) that earlier in the day.
"He said, 'you go. I'm right there with you. This is not the last you've heard of me. This is something that is Alison's legacy that I want to make happen," he said.
Parker said he intends to "shame legislators" that oppose implementing more background checks and "closing loopholes" to gun laws in the state.
Watch more from "The Kelly File" above.