Andy Parker drops out of supervisors race to focus on gun control

Posted at 7:56 PM, Sep 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-04 06:25:38-04

HENRY COUNTY, Va. -- The father of slain WDBJ reporter Alison Parker said he will no longer seek political office.

Andy Parker planned to run for a seat on the Board of Supervisors in Henry Country, Virginia.

Parker said his daughter's death has made him change his focus in life, and push for greater gun control. He said right now he’s getting Alison’s affairs in order and is doing some research.

"I lost my daughter. And I'm not going to lose this fight," Parker told WDBJ.

Parker said he will go to Washington DC next week to talk to lawmakers about gun control.

"We just want to keep guns out of the hands of crazy people," Parker said. "When I take on something, I got at it with a bulldog's tenacity."

Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward were shot and killed last week during a live TV broadcast.

The gunman, a former TV reporter for the station, later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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