The boyfriend of the Virginia reporter gunned down during a live broadcast last month returned to the airwaves on Monday, declaring “the healing has begun” and encouraging viewers to remember the love Alison Parker felt for her community.
“It’s good to be back folks,” Chris Hurst said during Monday evening’s WDBJ newscast. "All of our families continue to grieve and cope with the loss of Adam Ward and my love, Alison Parker.”
Ward was Parker’s camera man. The two journalists were killed on August 26 as the pair conducted a live interview at a local tourist site. A former colleague, Vester Lee Flanagan shot the pair before later taking his own life following a search for him by authorities.
Hurst, who had moved in with Parker shortly before the shooting, shared a series of sweet photos of the couple on Facebook before his return to work. Despite the pain of the last two and a half weeks, he wrote, "this morning I rose up refreshed. Determined to honor Alison through action. It began today. I will forever miss her quite terribly."
Back behind the desk, Hurst said he has spent the weeks since the tragedy “meeting new friends” from Newtown, Connecticut, and Aurora, Colorado, the site of gun-related mass shootings.
“Through many, many tears and questions, there have been laughs, smiles and answers,” he said. “I know the answer to what we all most do — it is to profess love, not hate, to love one another and to love strangers. Alison and Adam projected a love and peace into our world that can never be taken, even if they were taken from us.”
Hurst, who noted on Facebook that he was wearing the tie his girlfriend had given him for Valentine’s Day, encouraged people to pay tribute to the affection Parker and Ward felt for their community.
“Don’t forget their love. It will fuel us the rest of our days,” he said.