Woman from NJ watched fiancee gunned down in Roanoke
The cameraman gunned down on live television in Roanoke, Virginia was engaged to a graduate of the Southern New Jersey Academy of the Performing Arts.
Adam Ward, 27, was engaged to Melissa Ott, a former resident of Gibbstown who 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.
In response to her fiancee's death and the countless messages of support, Ott posted a message on her Facebook page Wednesday evening. In the message, which was tweeted by her former coworker Nick Natario, Ott says, "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. That's now taken. I'm not ok."
Ott refers to Ward as "happy, selfless, funny, protective and charming." She also expresses her gratitude to those "near and far" who showed support following this morning's tragedy.
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.
Toniann Antonelli contributed to this report.