ROANOKE, Va. - Alison Parker's boyfriend, WDBJ-TV anchor Chris Hurst, spoke to FOX 5’s Melanie Alnwick outside of the station Thursday, sharing with her memories of their relationship.
PHOTOS FROM ALISON PARKER'S SCRAPBOOK: http://www.fox5dc.com/galleries/12682366-gallery
Parker, and cameraman Adam Ward, were killed by a former employee of WDBJ-TV on Wednesday morning during a live report.
Hurst said he spent the night in his mother’s arms at a hotel near the station.
"You have visions of her being alive, and…and everything is okay, and you can touch her and you can feel her again and then you realize that it's not true, and it's just fleeting, and that's what I’m feeling this morning," Hurst said.
He said that the two had met through work at the station and had just moved in together after eight months of dating.
"Every morning I’d wait for her to wake up, and we would talk, I would make her breakfast. We would talk. I would pack her lunch and send her on her day," Hurst recalled.
"We were going to make sure we stayed together forever even when life intercedes, and with this business you don't always get to choose where you go, but we were determined to make sure that we would be together forever," he said about their time together. "I had the true love that so many people long for."
He said the station is back to work with help from sister stations. He said that the community will go on much like they did after the tragedy at Virginia Tech in 2007.
"She was the love of my life and she told me often that I was the love of hers,” Hurst said about his relationship with Parker. "We will celebrate Allison and Adam's lives for as long as this station is here."
Hurst showed Alnwick a scrapbook of personal pictures Alison had kept. On one of the pages she wrote the caption, “The cutest, newsiest, prettiest couple.”
"She was a nerd at heart and she loved me with every ounce of her being," he shared.
"We moved in together at the beginning of this month to save money. We were going get married," he said.
"We wanted to get married and we had celebrated her birthday last week on the river in North Carolina. And she looked at me when we were on that river rafting and she said, ‘This is where i want to marry you’…and now that's where we're going to spread her ashes."
"Thank you for allowing me to share,” Hurst said. “This happened to one of us in this field. We cannot forget this happen. It's unimaginable and yet it actually happened on live television. We cannot forget that this happened. We cannot forget and i will continue to share Alison’s story as best I can."
WDBJ observed a moment of silence on air for Parker and Ward Thursday at 6:45 a.m.
People continue to remember the two journalists at memorials outside of the station where balloons, flowers, and other mementos have been left.