The Latest: Mourners pack Virginia church for funeral for cameraman killed on live TV

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The latest on the funeral for Adam Ward, the WDBJ-TV cameraman who was fatally shot by a former co-worker on live TV Wednesday in Moneta, Virginia (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

With mourners packing the modern, massive First Baptist Church, the funeral of slain WDBJ-TV cameraman Adam Ward is underway in Roanoke.

Five pews at the front left of the church were reserved for the family. WDBJ employees filled eight pews on the church's front right side.

A wreath of Virginia Tech orange and deep red flowers was draped over Ward's closed casket. He graduated from the school in 2011.

Behind the altar, an 80-member choir in white robes and a 10-member string section waited to perform as an organist played hymns before the funeral began.

Three stories up in the balcony, a two-man production crew adjusted sound and light boards.


5:20 a.m.

A funeral is set for a 27-year-old television cameraman who was fatally shot along with a station reporter.

Adam Ward's funeral will be held Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia, a few miles from where he worked.

Ward and WDBJ morning reporter Alison Parker were gunned down by a former co-worker on live television during an interview Aug. 26.

On Monday, Ward was remembered at a reception at his high school for his infectious personality, youthful enthusiasm and rabid love for alma mater Virginia Tech.

In his open casket at the Salem High School auditorium, Ward's body was dressed in a Hokies cap and white shirt. Well over 1,000 mourners attended the reception.