One day after Alison Parker and Adam Ward were killed their colleagues are back on air.
They are back at work one day after their beloved colleagues were gunned down.
Tearful. Heartbroken and still filled with the horror of the last 24 hours, but back at work.
Back doing the job they love for the people they love.
It was a solemn morning show for WDBJ 7 who went back on air a day after 24-year old Alison Parker and 27-year old camera operator Adam Ward were killed by a disgruntled former colleague.
Host Kimberly McBroom, who was on-air yesterday when the shooting happened, was at the desk – supported by a journalist from a sister station brought in from another city to give support and step in if needed.
The hour-long broadcast was dedicated to the slain journalists with photos and memories of the two shared.
At around 6:45 a.m. the time of the shooting the team held hands and began a minutes silence.
Kim McBroom’s voice broke as she said “We are different people this morning. We are grieving.”
“It’s a loss that will never be filled. Your support has been a lifeline for us.”Right throughout the show the faces of Alison and Adam lit up the screen.
“The sun will shine just as bright today as Alison and Adam,” said weatherman Leo Hirsbrunner, who wept through the show.
“They brightened our newsroom every day, every year.”
“They’re doing as well as can be expected,” station general manager Jeff Marks told ABC News.
“They’re choking back tears and their emotions show, but they’re covering the news.”
Just before they went to air McBroom wrote on Twitter, “Preparing for a very difficult WDBJ7 Morning broadcast. But I am strengthened by your love and condolences. We will get through this together.”