WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSLS 10) - Virginia Senator William Stanley of Franklin County confirmed to WSLS 10's Brie Jackson he received what he called a threatening message from Andy Parker, father of slain reporter Alison Parker, on social media.
The Washington Post reported on the message Wednesday, saying Stanley had filed a report with law enforcement in Franklin County.
Sen. Stanley provided a screenshot of the message from Parker, which reads:
I'm going to be your worst nightmare you little bastard."
"I think anyone that would receive such a message would act accordingly in protecting their family," said Stanley. "What would you do if you received a threat that said I'm going to be your worst nightmare? You would take the necessary steps to protect your family and certainly I've done this here."
According to the Post, Parker admitted to sending the message, but said it was a political threat, not a physical one.
However, another post surfaced Thursday that shows Parker posted more messages to Virginia Senator Stanley's page:
"Your finest moment, you sorry little coward. You didn't even have the decency to reach out and offer a lame condolence after my daughter Alison Bailey was murdered in your district. When you see me again, you best walk the other way lest I beat your little a%$ with my bare hands."
Parker has been in the public eye since his daughter's shooting, promoting stricter gun laws in Virginia and across the country.
Paker responded back to WSLS 10's request for comment Thursday saying:
"Stanley is just using this to make himself look like a "victim" for political gain. There was no threat."
Recently, he partnered with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's pro-gun control group, which placed media buys of more than $2 million on TV spots featuring Parker, promoting new gun legislation. The Washington Post and the Associate Press contributed to this report.
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