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Vicki Gardner’s family releases statement

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The chamber of commerce executive who survived the shooting in Roanoke, Virginia is now in recovery.

Vicki Gardner’s family released a statement to WDBJ7 Friday, expressing both their sorrow and their gratitude.

We are heartbroken at the loss of Adam Ward and Alison Parker, two shining stars in our region. Our condolences go to their families, their many colleagues in the media community – especially WDBJ7 and their many friends throughout our area. Adam and Alison always made getting up in the morning a little bit easier and a lot more fun.

Today, [Vicki] is awake, alert and talking, and we are grateful to the many people who have cared for [her] throughout this ordeal – the emergency medical services workers in Franklin County, police and sheriff’s deputies from Franklin and Bedford Counties, the nurses and doctors at Carilion and all of the individuals in between who made her their priority.

On Wednesday morning, police said Vester Lee Flanagan shot and killed 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old photographer Adam Ward as they were live on air.

Flanagan – a former reporter himself, who went by the pseudonym Bryce Williams – also wounded Gardner, whom Parker was interviewing.

Flanagan shot and killed himself after his car crashed in an embankment following a pursuit with police.

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