News Anchor Dies After Brutal Attack

News Anchor Dies After Brutal Attack

A Little Rock, Arkansas, television anchorwoman who was attacked in her home and severely beaten died from her injuries Saturday. Anne Pressly, 26, the morning anchor on KATV, was found in her home Monday, savagely beaten mostly on her face and upper body. She had been hospitalized and sedated, unable to speak and suffering from massive brain swelling, her family said. Police said she might have been the victim of a burglary because her purse was missing. Her credit card was used at a gas station sometime this week, police said. Her father Guy Cannady appeared on "Good Morning America" earlier in the week and said he doubts the attack was random. "It's so hard to understand, first of all, why would anybody vandalize and brutalize somebody to this extent," he said. "There are items missing from the home. The severity of the injuries and brutality of the attack in my own mind calls into question the motive." Pressly's left hand was broken, possibly as she tried to fight off her attacker. Her father earlier said that his daughter's brain had swollen and she was unable to communicate, making it impossible for her to talk to police. Public personalities, including those on television, are sometimes stalked. Police have yet to identify a suspect, although detectives have combed the area around Pressly's home in the Heights neighborhood, a mix of bungalows and mansions near the Little Rock Country Club. A $30,000 reward, established by KATV, will go to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of Pressly's attacker, the station reported Saturday. The anchor's death comes just one day after reports that her condition appeared to be improving. Dr. Clifton R. Johnson said on Friday that the swelling in her brain had gone down and that doctors were slowly reducing her sedative dosages. Pressly's parents released a statement Saturday saying they were "with her in her last moments," and that they needed privacy. On Saturday, KATV opened its nightly news cast with a seven-minute segment devoted to Pressly. Anchor Pamela Smith told viewers that Pressly's family agreed to have their daughter donate her organs. An emotional Smith read condolences sent into the station, her eyes red. "She owned every room she was in, not because she demanded our attention, but because we willingly gave it to her," Smith said. "We all felt a little better, a little more alive just being near her." Cannady told ABC News that his family has received many letters of support during the week from across the world. Director Oliver Stone wrote one of them. Pressly made a brief appearance as a television commentator in Stone's new movie, "W." "You're one hellava gal," he wrote. "Keep fighting. You're a winner." No funeral arrangements have been announced.

State Department Story by KATV Reporter Anne Pressly

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Anne Pressly Channel 7 News Little Rock, Arkansas A state department special agent from Arkansas is battling one of the largest bureaucracies in the world on behalf of his wife. George Word says his wife, Connie didn't get the health care promised by the state department when she suffered a debilitating brain injury. Connie Word is in a persistent vegative state. She has been for 6-years, but her husband says were it not for the negligence of the federal government, Connie could have had a nearly full recovery from her brain injury and a chance at a normal life. George wants accountability from the state department, something his U.S. senators have been able to help him get, despite their repeated efforts. While Connie Word is fighting for her life, her husband, George, is fighting one of the most powerful bureaucracies in the world, the U.S. State Department. Connie suffered a heart attack while George was serving as Chief Security Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe. The 44-year-old was walking the couple's children to the school bus stop when she collapsed.

KATV 2004 5:00 Evening News Linda Edwards Murder

KATV 2004 5:00 Evening News Linda Edwards Murder

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KATV 2004 10:00 Nightside Linda Edwards Murder

KATV 2004 10:00 Nightside Linda Edwards Murder

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Anne Pressly's parents speak out

Anne Pressly's parents speak out

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Anne Pressly, The Anchorwoman Murder

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