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Arkansas newscaster dies after brutal attack

Little Rock television newscaster, Anne Pressley, 26, succumbed to her injuries on Saturday, according to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. Pressley, who was hospitalized the past five days, was attacked in her home and brutally beaten during a suspected robbery earlier in the week.

Pressley, who was a morning anchor for KATV channel 7, was pronounced dead a little after 7:00pm on Saturday, as Pressley's family looked on.

“We are profoundly saddened to tell you that our dear Annehas lost her struggle for life,? Pressly’s parents, Guy and Patti Cannady, said in a statement through a St. Vincent Medical Center spokesman.

Although, the Pressley family did share some optimism, according to the New York Times:

“It was our hope, as was yours, that Anne would overcome the injuries inflicted upon her in the brutal attack at her home. We were with her in her last moments, and although our hearts are broken, we are at the same time comforted by our faith knowing that Anne is now with our heavenly father.?

Pressley was found by her mother after wake-up calls to Pressley were not answered on Tuesday morning.

Local police stated that Pressley suffered trauma to her head, neck, and face, according to the New York Times.

Pressley's credit card was used at a local service station just after the attack.


http://www2.arkansasonline.com/news/2008/oct/26/attack-proves-fatal-pressly-20081026/?subscriber/national

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/26/us/26anchor.html?ref=us