James Madison University on death of graduate Alison Parker: 'Alison Parker, one of two WDBJ journalists killed today, was a 2012 graduate of JMU. Alison earned a bachelor's degree in media arts and design, and she was a reporter and editor for the student newspaper, The Breeze. She had a passion for journalism and had a bright future. We're shocked and saddened by the news and circumstances of her death. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues.' - @jmu
Harrisonburg is an independent city in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 48,914. Harrisonburg is the county seat of Rockingham County, although the two are separate jurisdictions. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Harrisonburg with Rockingham County for statistical purposes. Harrisonburg is home to James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University.
Harrisonburg is the core city of the Harrisonburg, Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a 2011 estimated population of 126,562.