Father of Alison Parker expresses feelings on gun control and death of daughter

Andy and Barbara Parker, of Collinsville, Va. mourn the loss of their daughter, Alison Parker, a journalist for WDBJ, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 in Roanoke, Va. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed by a former colleague during a live broadcast Wednesday, while on assignment in Moneta, Va. (Stephanie Klein-Davis/The Roanoke Times via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT; CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT MBI

ROANOKE, Va. (WRIC) — The father of Alison Parker spoke to the media Friday afternoon about his thoughts and feelings on the tragedy that occurred Wednesday.

“Her life was full of joy and she always saw the best in people,” said Andy Parker.

Parker began to tear up while talking about Alison. He said her ashes will be scattered in the river because that’s where she would want to be.

Parker expressed how he wants more gun control and that he plans on working with Governor McAuliffe to make this happen.

“She was a force of nature. Her soul is always going to be right here,” said Parker while pointing to his heart.

Family and friends will have a celebration of life for Alison on Monday, but plan to keep it private.

A medical examiner says Alison Parker and Adam Ward suffered gunshot wounds to the head in the attack. It was believed that the gunman, Vester Flanagan, fired six or seven times, fatally striking Parker and Ward and injuring interviewee Vicki Gardner of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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