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JMU establishes a memorial fund in honor of WDBJ reporter Alison Parker

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Alison Parker, 24, and photographer Adam Ward, 27, were killed at Bridgewater Plaza near Moneta, the station reported later.

HARRISONBURG, Va. — James Madison University has established a memorial fund to honor JMU graduate and WDBJ reporter Alison Parker.

Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward were shot to death on live television Wednesday by a former employee at WDBJ.

Parker was a 2012 graduate of JMU earning a bachelor’s degree in media arts and design.

The Alison B. Parker Memorial Fund has been set up by the school. The money will go toward the university’s School of Media Arts and Design, according to the school’s website.

“She had a passion for journalism and had a bright future. James Madison University is shocked and saddened by the news and circumstances of her death. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues,” said in a statement on James Madison’s website.

In a speech welcoming the class of 2019, JMU President Jonathan Alger remembered Parker.