Chris Hurst, Alison Parker’s boyfriend, was remarkably composed in the face of the horrific murder of the WDBJ reporter and her cameraman, Adam Ward, by a disgruntled employee Wednesday.
On Thursday’s morning show — which is the program that was on air when the shocking crime was broadcast live the day before — Chris Hurst honored Alison Parker. The young man was visibly stunned, however, he has been stoic in the face of such personal loss.
Instead of focusing on the way his girlfriend of nine months was killed in cold blood by a crazed gunman, Chris Hurst spoke of Alison Parker lovingly. He said he couldn’t remember exactly when he first met her, according to Today.com, however, he had seen her working hard on TV for several years.
The one word that everyone who worked with Alison Parker has used to describe her work ethics is ambitious. It was plain to see that the 24-year-old was going places.
But for Chris Hurst, Alison Parker was the woman he was in love with, and during an interview with Morning Joe, he talked about how their routine included him checking that she had arrived safely at work. On Wednesday, she texted Chris just like any other day, after he had made her favorite breakfast.
“She texted me back saying, ‘Goodnight sweet boy’ and that was the last I ever heard of her.”
Chris Hurst said of Alison Parker. Later on, he would wake up by calls from co-workers telling him to rush to WDBJ.
Chris Hurst and Alison Parker were assigned to work together for a time, and at the office Christmas party last year, “something came over me” and he knew he had to ask her out.
“Some voice came inside my head and said, ‘Chris, if you don’t ask her out, you don’t make a move you are going to regret it for the rest of your life.'”
Chris Hurst and Alison Parker started talking, and after that night, went on their first date together the following week, New Year’s day, and “it’s been magical ever since.” Hurst was struggling to keep his composure at times but shared a scrapbook his girlfriend gave him for their six-months anniversary, which is filled with photos of special moments between them.
“We fell hard for each other,” Hurst added. “We found our soul mates.”
“It is the happiest place I have ever lived and she made me happier than I have ever been and now I’m alone again.”
The WDBJ anchorman says the full extent of the tragedy hasn’t hit him yet. According to Chris Hurst, Alison Parker was determined to produce “journalism that mattered… that made people stand up and take notice.”
More importantly, “she made me smile like nobody else,” Hurst said of his love. Now he is relying on the fact that “he was loved supremely” by his slain girlfriend.
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