(ROANOKE, Va.) — A memorial service was held Sunday to remember two journalists who were tragically killed in Virginia.
The Roanoke Valley Symphony Orchestra played solemn songs as many gathered for an interfaith memorial service remembering Adam Ward and Alison Parker who were shot to death live on camera by a former co-worker.
The service was held at the Performance Arts Center in Roanoke, Virginia where WDBJ station manager Jeff Marks spoke about the importance of helping those with mental illnesses.
“Anger eats at you and the results we saw on Wednesday can be catastrophic,” said Marks. “If we get strategic, we have a goal and the possibility of positive action. And that’s what I’d like you to think about in memory of Alison and Adam.”
Marks said he thought more needed to be done to help those suffering from mental illness.
“It should be obvious that it needs to be center stage, because most mental illness is treatable if we can get to the sufferer,” said Marks. “In this case, we didn’t.”
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