The young newscaster who was shot and killed while she worked live on television in Virginia this week had significant ties to Texoma and Austin College.

The young newscaster who was shot and killed while she worked live on television in Virginia this week had significant ties to Texoma and Austin College.


Alison Bailey Parker’s mother and aunt, both graduated from Denison High School. Ms. Parker’s mother, Barbara Bailey Parker, and her mother, Frances Bailey, both graduated from Austin College, and her aunt, Lisa Bailey Foster, currently works at AC as the administrative assistant to the dean of humanities. Frances Bailey lives in Denison.


"I am grateful for the love and support of those near and far," Ms. Parker’s Aunt Lisa said in a statement to the media. "I never thought I would personally be affected by such a violent and tragic loss. Our family is small and this is devastating."


Adam Wade, a cameraman who was working with Ms. Parker, was also shot and killed.


The obituary released by Ms. Parker’s family said she was born in Annapolis, Maryland and grew up in Collinsville, Virginia. She graduated from Martinsville High School in 2009. The young journalist to be excelled at swimming, trumpet and French horn playing as well math and science.


After high school, she went to James Madison University School of Media Arts and Design where she served as a news editor at the Breeze. She also served as a tutor for freshman calculus students. She graduated from JMU in 2012 and worked at WCT12 in North Carolina as its Jacksonville bureau chief. Then she went back to the news station where she did an internship during college, WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia, to be a morning news reporter.


"She loved her job and had such a bright future ahead in the field of journalism, but still found time to support her community," the obituary says. It also noted that she was set to take part in a benefit for a local women’s shelter in Roanoke Valley.


The obituary says Ms. Parker is "survived by the love of her life, Chris L. Hurst of Roanoke, Virginia;" her parents, Andy and Barbara Parker of Collinsville, Virginia; brother, Drew Parker of Mt. Airy, North Carolina; grandmothers, Frances Bailey of Denison and Gloria Parker of Austin; aunts, Lisa Foster of Sherman, Kristin Bailey Murphy of Hollywood, California, and Jane Ann Parker of Austin; and cousins, Kristin and Caitlin Miller of Dallas, Meredith Foster of Georgetown, and Jonas and Makenna Parker of Austin.


The family plans to hold a private memorial service. In addition, a celebration of life service will be held on Monday at the New College Institute in Martinsville, Virginia. Flowers may be sent to the Institute at 191 Fayette Street, Martinsville VA, 24112. The phone number to the Institute is 276-403-5600. Those who would rather make donations than send flowers may send them to the places the family has designated.


The Alison Parker Memorial Scholarship in the JMU Foundation received $25,000 in the first 24 hours it was open. It is officially endowed after a resident of Roanoke, Virginia matched the $25,000 total. Since Ms. Parker was named a 2015 distinguished alumni of Henry County Community College last fall, her parents would like gifts to be directed to that school in her name now that the JMU scholarship is endowed.


"My family wants me to communicate how grateful we are for the enormous support from the Austin College family and the Sherman and Denison community," Ms. Parker’s Aunt Lisa said. "It feels like a warm blanket and is necessary to get us through the next few days."


Checks for the Alison Parker Memorial Scholarship can be made payable to the JMU Foundation and mailed to JMU Advancement Gifts and Records, MSC 3603, Harrisonburg, VA 22807, ATTN: Alison Parker Memorial Scholarship. Donations can also be made by cash or check to the Patrick Henry Community College Foundation, 645 Patriot Avenue, Martinsville, VA 24112. For additional information, call 276-656-0250.