ROANOKE, Va. -- Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring joined several hundred Roanoke-area residents Thursday night at a candlelight vigil outside television station WDBJ to remember station employees Alison Parker and Adam Ward.
The two were shot and killed Wednesday morning during a live broadcast.
Herring said he wanted to be there "to let all the folks in the community know that the entire commonwealth is thinking about them."
Herring, who has advocated gun control measures, said, "We need to quit thinking we can walk away from tragedies like this and that the problem is going to go away by itself."
The vigil was organized by a community group, Stop the Violence Star City.
Many of those who attended the vigil said they had been watching the station when the shooting occurred and that the tragedy hit close to home.