Celebrities React to the On-Air Shooting of WDBJ Journalists in Virginia

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Two WDBJ-TV journalists were slain live on-air by a former station reporter on the morning of Aug. 26 just outside of Moneta, Virginia.

Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed during a televised interview outside of the Bridgewater Plaza when Vester Lee Flanagan II, a former WDBJ reporter whose employment was terminated in 2013, opened fire on set. Flanagan reported after the incident on now-suspended Facebook and Twitter accounts under the pseudonym “Bryce Williams“.


Flanagan committed suicide by self-inflicted gun wounds shortly after his attack.

ABC reports that the gunman had been calling their network over the past weeks, claiming that he wanted to fax information regarding a story pitch without describing its details any further. On Thursday morning ABC News received a 23-page manifesto doubling as a suicide note entitled “MY NAME IS BRYCE WILLIAMS” which claims that he was a victim of racial discrimination and sexual harassment while working for the station.

CNN reports that Ward’s fiancée witnessed the killing from the WDBJ control room.

WDBJ General Manager Jeff Marks told CNN that Parker and Ward were “the kindest and nicest people” who worked at the network.

Many celebrities took to social media to express their sentiments on the tragic incident, especially in the wake of gun violence that took place in July at a Lafayette movie theater during a showing of Amy Schumer’s TrainwreckHere is what they are saying.

Sophia Bush

Hilary Clinton

Dr. Oz

Darren Criss

Ellen Degeneres

Debra Messing

Gabrielle Giffords

Katie Couric

Amy Schumer (Retweet)

Nia Vardalos

Ricky Gervais

Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford

Reggie Bush

Michael Ian Black

Maria Menounos

Celebuzz sends condolences to the friends, family, and co-workers of the deceased.