After losing his wife, WVUE-TV news anchor Nancy Parker, to a deadly plane crash in New Orleans East on Friday, husband Glen Boyd posted a heartbreaking message on Facebook early Saturday that read, “I would trade places with her right now.”
“My heart is shattered,” said Boyd, a former television news journalist who is now a public information officer for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. “The dearest and most wonderful person in my life is gone.
“She was our road map, our compass, our guiding light.”
Boyd had three children with Parker: twins Piper and Pierce as well as their oldest son, Parker.
Parker, 53, a veteran and award-winning journalist, was working on a story about flight instructor and stunt pilot Franklin Augustus, president of the local chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, when a small plane that he was flying and she was a passenger on crashed near the Lakefront Airport on Friday afternoon.
Augustus, 69, was also killed.
The crash prompted an outpouring of condolences from countless viewers, members of the news media, government leaders, entertainment celebrities, and professional athletes.
Boyd’s Facebook post expressed gratitude for that support and asked the community to pray for his extended family. It paid tribute to his wife as “an amazing human,” “awesome mother” and “a master of her craft.” And it offered condolences to her co-workers at WVUE, who shouldered the painful task of reporting the news of the plane crash while mourning the sudden loss of their colleague.
Thirty years ago, Franklin J.P. Augustus described himself as the “world’s only black civilian air-show acrobatic pilot.”
“I loved her and she loved me,” wrote Boyd, who requested privacy for him and his children as they grieve. “We were best friends.”
Boyd, who is devout, continued: “My faith tells me joy will come in the morning. My joy will come when I see Jesus and my Nancy face to face.
“This battle is not mine. I’m turning it over to the Lord.”
The Sheriff’s Office on Friday issued a statement expressing support for Parker and Boyd’s family.
“Nancy was known to all in the Greater New Orleans area as a trusted voice, and she will be missed,” the agency’s statement said.