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IN 2015 Alison Parker died suddenly in Virginia.

Her father, Andy Parker, announced his bid for congress on January 27, 2022.

2Alison Parker, a WDBJ-TV reporter was killed by a former colleague back in 2015Credit: WDBJ7 Who was reporter Alison Parker and how did she die?

Alison Parker, was a Virginia reporter who was fatally shot during a live broadcast in 2015, AP News reports.

She was reportedly killed by a former colleague during an interview at Smith Mountain Lake.

Parker worked as a reporter for the local news station WDBJ-TV.

The incident took place in 2015 on live TV, the gunman reportedly posted video of the attack online before killing himself, NBC News reported.

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Parker was just 24-years-old at the time of her death.

"I cannot tell you how much they were loved, Alison and Adam, by the WDBJ7 team," Jeff Marks, the general manager of station, said in an emotional statement on air. "Our hearts are broken."

NBC News also reported that Twitter and Facebook accounts believed to have belonged to the suspect, were listed under the name Bryce Williams.

The accounts posted video of the shootings hours later, they were quickly taken down.

2Alison Parker's father announced his bid for congress on January 27, 2022 seven years after his daughter's death Who is Andy Parker?

Andy Parker is Alison's father who just announced his bid for the US congress.

He will seek the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s newly-drawn 5th District and challenge Republican Rep. Bob Good.

WTVR reports that Andy notes that he’s 10 miles from the district and has lived there for 25 years.

Andy is pushing for gun-control measures and fighting Facebook for allowing the video of his daughter's death to circulate.

What have people said about Alison Parker?

At the time of her tragic death in 2015, her then partner took to Twitter to reveal their relationship.

"We didn't share this publicly, but @AParkerWDBJ7 and I were very much in love. We just moved in together. I am numb," he wrote.

The tweet has since then gained over 18K likes on the social media platform.

Many then responded to him sending him their condolences.

"My sincere condolences. I don't even have the words. Please stay as strong as you can," one user wrote.

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Hocus Pocus sequel: release date, cast

THE 1993 Disney cult favorite Hocus Pocus is getting the sequel treatment - with all three stars set to magically return.

Sarah Jessica Parker confirmed the good news in an Instagram post on May 20, 2021.

2Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler, and Sarah Jessica Parker in Hocus PocusCredit: Alamy When is the Hocus Pocus sequel release date?

Hocus Pocus 2 is set to premiere on Septmeber 30, 2022.

The highly anticipated sequel will be available to stream on Disney+ this fall.

Anne Fletcher will direct the sequel after Adam Shankman withdrew due to scheduling conflicts, according to Variety.

“Now more than ever, people need to laugh,” Fletcher told the outlet.

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“We should be laughing every day, and there is so much fun to be had with these three unbelievable women playing delicious characters from such a beloved film.

"I am so grateful to be able to play a part in bringing these witches back to life, and to be working with my friends at Disney again makes it all the more special.

"This is a movie for everyone, from the fans who grew up with the first film to the next generation of viewers, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Who is in the cast of Hocus Pocus 2?

Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and Kathy Najimy - who starred in the original film - are set to reprise their witchy roles.

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"Yep. I'm ready. To run," Parker wrote to her over 8million followers on Instagram.

"Amok, amok, amok, amok. Hocus Pocus 2 arrives fall 2022 on @disneyplus."

Najimy joked that "the people have spoken: I smell children, again."

Midler added: "It's been 300 years but we're back!"

The three stars play witches who were executed in the 17th century and brought back to life by a teenage boy on Halloween.

A plot for the sequel has yet to be revealed, however, IMDb described it as:

"Three young women accidentally bring back the Sanderson Sisters to modern-day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking havoc on the world."

The original film also featured Thora Birch, Omri Katz, Vinessa Shaw, and many others.

2Bette Midler as Winifred in Hocus PocusCredit: Rex Features What has the cast said about the film's revival?

Parker had previously mentioned that a sequel to the fan-favorite was in the works.

"I don’t think any of us who were making it at the time thought Hocus Pocus would have such a long life," Parker told EW in 2018.

"People tell me all the time they grew up watching it, and that they still watch it. I think it’s wonderful."

The movie has resonated for decades even though the box office results and reactions from critics were not encouraging.

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"People have just found it and found the treasure that is there with Kathy and Bette and Sarah; their wonderful, incredible chemistry and good humor," director Kenny Ortega told EW.

"It’s just a fun movie that just takes you away and there’s just magic there."

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