Chris Hurst: “If we don’t forget, I think the incidents will lessen. I believe that”
Vester Lee Flanagan II, formerly known as reporter Bryce Williams, killed two journalists on live television
He posted live updates to social media of video he shot of his killing of a reporter and a cameraman
“There needs to be some action that is taken out of an event like this — out of an event like Sandy Hook, like Charleston, like Aurora, Colorado… where these things just don’t occur anymore,” Chris Hurst told CNN on Thursday, citing a litany of American gun violence.
“We need to have a substantive conversation on what is going on in America that is allowing evil to continue to crop up over love? Is it because we are in the media? And the attacker knew this was going to get a lot of play, and here we are again, another mushroom cloud of coverage over gun violence?”
On Wednesday, Vester Lee Flanagan II produced a real-time murder show that he choreographed in detail.
In a ranting note sent to ABC News before his death, Flanagan blamed his misery on black men and white women and said he was “somewhat racist against whites, blacks and Latinos.”
He said he admired the shooters who massacred students at Columbine High School and at Virginia Tech, which lies about 25 miles away from Roanoke. He decided to buy a gun days after the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting in June, he said.
Flanagan shot dead Parker and Ward while she was live on air on WDBJ via Ward’s camera, a video of the incident showed.
Flanagan, a former TV reporter himself who went by the pseudonym Bryce Williams, wounded Vicki Gardner, head of a local chamber of commerce, whom Parker was interviewing.
As Flanagan gunned them down with six or seven shots, viewers were subject to it live, as were colleagues in WDBJ’s control room. Ward’s fiancee was one of them, said general manager Jeff Marks.
Hurst works at the station and had been dating Parker for nine months. They were already talking about marriage. He was saving for an engagement ring, he said.
“I think the media can have an even stronger effect to be positive if we can use this as a conversation in figuring out why we are allowing hate to creep into people’s hearts instead of fostering love,” …Read More