Thursday marks 25 years since Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash. In honor of the legendary blues guitarist, join us in remembering him and other stars who died too young, some at the height of their careers.
Vester Flanagan died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a Fairfax hospital around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. He is a former WDBJ7 employee. WDBJ7 photographer Adam Ward and WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker were attacked during a live broadcast near Smith Mountain Lake.
The on-air shooting deaths of Virginia TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward and the suicide five hours later of gunman Vester Flanagan played out in a sort of surreal time, spilling from TV screens within range of the Roanoke station's signal to horrified viewers the world over via social media. Five hours of horror, delivered in electronic bursts.