Slain CBS reporter Alison Parker & cameraman Adam Ward's loved ones share heartbreaking tributes

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The families of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, the two Virginia journalists who were shot and killed Wednesday morning during a live TV interview, shared more details and memories about the victims.

Parker, a 24-year-old WDBJ7 reporter, and Ward, a 27-year-old cameraman, were interviewing Vicki Gardner -- Executive Director at Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Bridgewater Plaza -- outside Moneta, Virginia, when they were shot by suspected gunman Vester Lee Flanagan II at around 6:45 a.m. Flanagan, who Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said was a disgruntled station employee, reportedly shot himself and is now in critical condition.

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Slain CBS reporter Alison Parker & cameraman Adam Ward's loved ones share heartbreaking tributes
MONETA, VA - AUGUST 26: Police work the crime scene at Bridgewater Plaza on Smith Mountain Lake on August 26, 2015 in Moneta, Virginia. Two employees of WDBJ TV were killed this morning during a live broadcast. The victims have been identified as reporter Alison Parker and camerman Adam Ward. Parker, 24 and Ward, 27, worked for WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia. The suspect, Vester Lee Flanigan, also known as Bryce Williams, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. (Photo by Jay Paul/Getty Images)
MONETA, VA - AUGUST 26: The TV truck that journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward drove before they were killed this morning during a live broadcast sits in a parking lot near the scene on August 26, 2015 in Moneta, Virginia. Two employees of WDBJ TV were killed this morning during a live broadcast at Bridgewater Plaza on Smith Mountain Lake. The victims have been identified as reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward. Parker, 24 and Ward, 27, worked for WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia. The suspect, Vester Lee Flanigan, also known as Bryce Williams, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. (Photo by Jay Paul/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - August 26: Virginia State Police, as well as local and federal authorities, investigate the scene on Interstate 66 eastbound where Vester Lee Flanagan II crashed his car after being pursued by state police near Linden, Va., Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Flanagan was being pursued after fatally shooting WDBJ-TV cameraman Adam Ward and reporter Alison Parker during an on-air interview in Moneta, Va. Flanagan was a former journalist at the television station, where he appeared on air as Bryce Williams. Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)
MONETA, VA - AUGUST 26: Franklin County, Virginia sheriff, Bill Overton speaks to the press on August 26, 2015 in Moneta, Virginia. Two employees of WDBJ TV were killed this morning during a live broadcast at Bridgewater Plaza on Smith Mountain Lake. The victims have been identified as reporter Alison Parker and camerman Adam Ward. Parker, 24 and Ward, 27, worked for WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia. The suspect, Vester Lee Flanigan, also known as Bryce Williams, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. (Photo by Jay Paul/Getty Images)
We love you, Alison and Adam. http://t.co/hLSzQi06XE
It is with extreme sadness that we report WDBJ7's Alison Parker and Adam Ward were killed in an attack this morning. http://t.co/oC9s4vLJXV
Very sad moment in the newsroom as the WDBJ GM confirms that both the reporter and photographer are dead. Senseless http://t.co/qWvWd55UZh
We didn't share this publicly, but @AParkerWDBJ7 and I were very much in love. We just moved in together. I am numb. http://t.co/tUrHVwAXcN
We were together almost nine months. It was the best nine months of our lives. We wanted to get married.We just celebrated her 24th birthday
Still shots of #WDBJ killer. Please RT. http://t.co/5y3mJLs9nn
#BREAKING #WDBJ shooting suspect Vester Flanagan has shot and killed himself on I-66: http://t.co/3Nx0vOkeIN #WHSV http://t.co/BHVR6QcvTS
The suspect in the #WDBJ shooting is being chased north on I-81
Don't share the video of the shooting Share this link: 12 minutes of the WDBJ crew remembering who these people were http://t.co/m4eWGija1x
Vicki Gardner of the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce was hurt in the shooting. We are told she is in surgery. http://t.co/XLx3pS2I5X
Just hanging out in the newsroom with @jdashiell and Photographer Adam Ward! http://t.co/lyW9cCZ99G
Photog Adam @dowork88 playing with little Ralphie this morning at the Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection! http://t.co/TcooX5ZKu6
A "rock star" & a "great journalist." Friends remember #WDBJ journalists killed in shooting: http://t.co/V11VsJB7D7 http://t.co/qI8WGKlIJW
Late journalist Alison Parker in her own words. The video was posted to #WDBJ website earlier this year. http://t.co/gFabZwreK6
I am comforted by everyone at @WDBJ7. We are a family. She worked with Adam every day. They were a team. I am heartbroken for his fiancee.
Heartbroken over senseless murders today in Smith Mountain Lake. State Police on scene working w/ local law agencies to capture suspect.
This is a horrific day for our @wdbj family and the community we serve. http://t.co/LYRDFB8C2R
JUST IN: Reporter and photographer killed after gunman opens fire live on TV http://t.co/sHeTmsOhcm @wsls http://t.co/eZ8XnSdHz2
#WDBJ7 http://t.co/vuceViGwpi
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"Today we received news that no family should ever hear," Parker's family said in an exclusive statement to ET on Wednesday. "Our vivacious, ambitious, smart, engaging, hilarious, beautiful, and immensely talented Alison taken from the world. This is senseless and our family is crushed."

Both Parker and Ward were dating other staff members. Parker was in a relationship with the station's evening anchor, Chris Hurst, while Ward was engaged to producer Melissa Ott.

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Hurst tweeted about his late girlfriend on Wednesday, calling their time together "the best nine months of [their] lives."

"We didn't share this publicly, but @AParkerWDBJ7 and I were very much in love. We just moved in together. I am numb," Hurst tweeted alongside a photo of the two. "We were together almost nine months. It was the best nine months of our lives. We wanted to get married. We just celebrated her 24th birthday."

Just last weekend, the couple was on a family trip to Nantahala River in North Carolina, as seen in this photo provided to ET by Parker's family.

Parker graduated from James Madison University in 2012. During her time there, she was a reporter and editor for the student newspaper, The Breeze. "She had a passion for journalism and had a bright future. James Madison University is saddened by the news and circumstances of her death. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues," her alma mater said in a statement on Wednesday.

"She was the most radiant woman I ever met," Hurst added. "And for some reason she loved me back. She loved her family, her parents and her brother. I am comforted by everyone at @WDBJ7. We are a family. She worked with Adam every day. They were a team. I am heartbroken for his fiancee."

Ward's fiancee -- who was actually celebrating her last day at the station -- was in the control room when the shooting happened, and witnessed it happen live, according to WDBJ general manager Brian Stelter. The couple was planning to move to Charlotte where Ott had a new job, and the station had even thrown her a party earlier.

Ward's close friend, Solina Lewis, a repoter at WFXR, described the smiling cameraman -- a Virginia Tech graduate -- as "sweet" and "goofy."

"I didn't know Alison Parker, but I did know Adam Ward. He was my friend's fiancé, but quickly became my friend and someone I felt like I'd known forever," Lewis wrote. "He was sweet, he was goofy, he put together my furniture because I couldn't figure it out, he gave some awesome freakin bear hugs, and most importantly, he loved his fiancee Melissa more than anything on the planet."

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"We love you, Alison and Adam," WDBJ7 tweeted.


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