On August 26, 2015, 24-year-old TV journalist Alison Parker was doing a live cross just before 7am to WDBJ’s morning news program, Mornin‘ in Virginia.
As she interviewed a woman named Vicki Gardner, alternating between looking down the camera and then back at Gardner, a former colleague called Vester Lee Flanagan pointed a gun at her head and pulled the trigger. In the process, he shot cameraman Adam Ward and Gardner, though Gardner survived.
Adam Ward and Alison Parker died on live television.
Now, some two years after the fact, Alison Parker’s boyfriend, former TV journalist Christ Hurst, has turned her death into a force for good, winning a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates. Among other things, Hurst campaigned for tougher gun control, beating an NRA-backed candidate for the seat.