Killing the messenger? For no apparent reason during a typical morning news broadcast a young reporter and her cameraman were ambushed and shot dead live on camera. Alison Parker had just turned 24 on August 19, while her cameraman, Adam Ward was 27. Both were filming one of those noncontroversial little morning “chit chat” segments for local TV on local tourism when they were ambushed with multiple shots ringing out. When the cameraman appeared to fall with the camera, it was unclear just what had happened during the live newscast. Both were employees for a local CBS station in Virginia.