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Fiancée Of Slain Cameraman Adam Ward Received Wedding Gown Same Day She Watched Shooting On Control Room Feed

Fiancée Of Slain Cameraman Adam Ward Received Wedding Gown Same Day She Watched Shooting On Control Room Feed

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Fiancée Of Slain Cameraman Adam Ward Received Wedding Gown Same Day She Watched Shooting On Control Room Feed

Her wedding dress arrived the same day she watched a shocking on-air shooting from a control room feed that left her fiancé — cameraman Adam Ward — dead.

Melissa Ott’s wedding dress arrived the same day she watched a shocking on-air shooting from a control room feed that left her fiancé — cameraman Adam Ward — dead.

Months earlier, Adam Ward and Melissa Ott had made their own news, announcing their engagement to a crew of happy colleagues in their Virginia newsroom.

So smitten was Ward with Ott that he was following her to Charlotte, N.C., where Ott had taken a new job. It was Ott’s last day.

It turned out to be Ward’s last day, too.

Ward was videotaping reporter Alison Parker’s live interview with a Chamber of Commerce official when a gunman calmly walked up and opened fire on the trio.

Ott’s day had begun on a very high note. She arrived at work before the sun came up, and was greeted by staff with a bouquet of roses and carnations tied in a shiny pink ribbon.

There were colorful balloons that said “Congrats.”

A co-worker snapped a picture of her smiling behind the bouquet. They were sad to see her go.

“We were celebrating that,” said morning anchor Kimberly McBroom. “Alison had brought in balloons; I had brought in a cake. It was a day of celebration.”

McBroom even tagged Ott in a celebratory Facebook post.

“Big shout out and congrats to our awesome WDBJ7 producer, Melissa Ott,” McBroom wrote.

 

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