Lone survivor of on-air shooting in Roanoke pens letter thanking supporters

ROANOKE, Va. (WRIC) — The lone survivor of last month’s shootings at Smith Mountain Lake is reaching out to her community.

Vicki Gardner wrote a thank you letter to the people who stood behind her after that painful tragedy.

Gardner says in the face of horrific violence, she’s proud of the way the community responded.

Journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward lost their lives in the shootings.

Gardner was shot in the back and lost a kidney. She writes that the community responded to the violence “with strength and dignity.”

She adds that as “a direct result of this horrific act, an incredible number of lake residents have reached out to meet new neighbors and develop new friendships.”

Gardner explains nothing will bring Alison and Adam back, but that “Smith Mountain Lake can continue to serve as a world-wide example of how unity, leadership and vision can make a community stronger.”

Gardner also says she’s grateful for the cards, flowers and gifts that arrived from all over the world.

While the healing process is slow, she’s eager to return to the job she loves with the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce.

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