Sole Survivor of On-Air Murders Goes Home

Vicki Gardner, survivor of live TV killings, released from hospital
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2015 11:19 AM CDT
Keith Humphry and Andrew Freiden anchor the six o'clock news cast together Monday evening, Aug. 31, 2015.   (Erica Yoon/The Roanoke Times via AP)

(Newser) – Vicki Gardner, the third victim and sole survivor of last month's live television shootings, was released from a Virginia hospital yesterday, WDBJ-7 reports. "Good News! Vicki’s Home!" reads a post on the Facebook page dedicated to Gardner's recovery today. "Vicki has been released from Carilion Memorial Hospital. We are thrilled to have her home but she does face a long recuperation time to be back at 100%. Vicki wants to thank all of you for your support and prayers and for respecting her privacy as she continues her journey back to full health. She will make a statement to the media as soon as she has had time to rest up and adjust to her new routine."

"Every day I wake to renewing strength and optimism," Gardner said in a post yesterday. "I have no thoughts of 'why me' but a feeling of what can be done to unite our great community and leave a lasting positive legacy in place of this tragedy. It's obvious that there is much to be done. As I re-focus on things of importance I'm filled with newfound energy and the enthusiasm to make a difference. We at Smith Mountain Lake will not be defined by an act of violence. We are #SMLSTRONG." (Read more shooting stories.)

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