From U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith (D-VA-9):
Like you, I am heartbroken by the tragic incident in Franklin County on August 26 during which WDBJ7 journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward were killed and Vicki Gardner, head of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was injured. Both Alison and Adam grew up in our area, with Alison graduating from high school in Martinsville and Adam from high school in Salem. They will continue to be in my prayers, as will their families and loved ones, the WDBJ family, and our community. I will also continue praying for Ms. Gardner’s recovery.
I have no doubt that many of you join me in asking God for comfort and healing. As our area continues to grieve and cope, may we remain grateful for the important work undertaken by journalists like Alison and Adam and others in the public eye who may find themselves at risk. May we also be ever thankful of law enforcement and first responders serving our communities and working to keep us safe from harm."