Archive for Monday, October 27, 2008

Tributes pour in after TV anchor’s death

October 27, 2008

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— Flowers and candles piled up Sunday outside the home where a TV anchorwoman was found brutally beaten, as tributes poured into the Web site of the Little Rock station where her colleagues mourned her death.

Anne Pressly, a 26-year-old anchor for KATV, died Saturday night in a hospital. Her mother found her brutally beaten Monday after the journalist didn't answer her regular wake-up call. Authorities have said they have no suspects.

Hundreds of comments flooded the station's Web site from across the United States, including messages from loyal viewers accustomed to seeing Pressly on TV to those who said they'd never heard of her before the attack.

"Although I didn't know her or ever see her on the news I was very touched when I read the first article about her brutal beating. I do hope the person who did this is caught and punished to the full extent," a Connecticut woman wrote.

Frequent viewers of the ABC affiliate's "Daybreak" program recounted how Pressly had affected their lives.

A makeshift memorial of flowers, candles and stuffed animals lay near a tree Sunday outside the anchorwoman's home, which was still marked with yellow police tape.

KATV has established a reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Pressly's killer. The station said Sunday that the fund had reached $30,000.

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