The Latest: Funeral concludes for slain TV cameraman

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Posted: Sep 01, 2015 1:02 PM

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — 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):

12:30 p.m.:

A 90-minute funeral has concluded for Adam Ward, the cameraman killed by a former co-worker on live TV.

Ward's family left First Baptist Church ahead of his casket as it was removed from the sanctuary and placed in a hearse for transport to a private burial.

Outside, nine police officers on motorcycles and several more in squad cards stood watch. Among the few dozen onlookers, one carried a sign that read "We love WDBJ."

Another read: "Love thy neighbor."

Morning reporter Alison Parker also was killed in the attack. A local economic development official being interviewed at the time, Vicki Gardner, was wounded.

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12:20 p.m.:

Adam Ward's brother and sister have spoken on the family's behalf at his funeral.

Jay Ward told mourners Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Roanoke that while Adam was the little brother, "we always looked up to him."

He says that when they were growing up, dodgeball consisted of putting Adam in the middle of the hallway and hitting him from both sides.

His sister, Sarah Crowder, says Adam "was a good sport."

She says that while his death has been devastating for the family, she says that there have been more laughs than tears about their brother's memory.

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Noon:

The pastor at the church attended by Adam Ward's family told mourners that just as in life, the WDBJ-TV cameraman has left an impact on others through his death.

The Rev. Rob Lough told more than 500 people at Ward's funeral at First Baptist Church in Roanoke about Ward's compassion and laughter, his passion and wit.

Lough related several jokes that the Virginia Tech graduate would tell at the expense of archrival University of Virginia.

Lough told several stories, including the time Ward's principal at Salem High School, who uses a wheelchair, challenged him to a race.

Another story was about when Ward disrupted the press box at Virginia Tech's football stadium by cheering after the Hokies scored a touchdown.

Lough says Ward loved people — "and the people loved Adam Ward."

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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.

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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.