NJ fiancee of Roanoke victim: ‘I’m not OK and I won’t be for a long time’
South Jersey high school graduate Melissa Ott — fiancee of cameraman Adam Ward, gunned down on live television in Roanoke, Virginia yesterday — told supporters yesterday their love helps as she mourns the death of her soulmate.
Ott reportedly wrote the message on her Facebook page, though if still up, that post is not viewable to the general public. Screenshots of it and quotes of it have been shared broadly on social media.
Today, my entire world was flipped upside down. Starting new adventures with my fiance, new jobs, a new city. Getting married, having a family, buying a home. Thats now taken. Im not ok. And I wont be for a long time. But the enormous outpour of love and support from so many of you near and far is so much appreciated. Adam, I will never find a man so happy, selfless, protective, funny, or charming like you. You were the one. You understood me. My soulmate. I will always love you. Please watch over me and keep me strong. Enjoy the endless tech games in your heaven. I love you so much ♡
Ott is a graduate of the Southern New Jersey Academy of the Performing Arts and a former resident of Gibbstown.
She was working her last day as the producer of the WDBJ TV program “Mornin’” according to NBC 10, which reports Ott did an internship there.
Her day began with flowers and balloons as her co-workers celebrated her last day on the job before moving on to a new job in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ward and Ott were planning on moving to North Carolina, according to a tweet from WDBJ.
The day turned to horror around 6:45 a.m. where she watched the shooting of Ward and reporter Alison Parker on live television from the control room. The alleged gunman, Vester Lee Flanagan, reportedly later turned his gun on himself and has died.
According to a post on Ward's Facebook page, Ward proposed to Ott in Washington D.C. in December.