Why the Arizona wedding photographer got into it
Photographer Brian Hernick’s time in the Arizona desert has come to an end.
The 43-year-old photographer, who had spent the last three decades photographing weddings and other ceremonies in and around the state, was killed by a hit-and-run driver while celebrating his friend’s marriage in June.
Hernicky’s wife, Kristy Hernickers, was also killed.
The couple’s children, two girls and a boy, are also among the victims of the deadly crash.
The driver, a 32-year old Arizona resident named Mark A. Mecum, was charged with vehicular homicide.
The cause of the crash remains unclear, though investigators say it could be because Mecm failed to slow down as he passed through a red light.
Harnicks was married in June 2015, just one year after his first marriage to the photographer, and his wife and daughter have not been seen in public since the accident.
His friend, Mecher, was married three months later and died three years later.
Both Hernicks and Mecheks were on the wedding day roster for a wedding at the Marana Resort in Marana, Ariz., on July 22, 2015.
It is unclear whether Hernichks family attended the ceremony or did not attend, as Mechey had left the day before and not returned.
After his death, Hernicles wife, Kari Hernig, wrote on her Facebook page, “We can’t go back in time because we’re going to miss you so much.
You were our life and we will always be in your heart.”
He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said.
Hervicks family, however, said they do not blame the photographer for the crash, which took place in the desert.
Hers and his family said he was an avid outdoorsman and a former avid runner.
The family is also devastated by the death of their friend, who was also a photographer.
“We are very saddened and shocked by the news of his death,” Kari and Mark Hernitts wrote in a statement.
“He was an amazing photographer and friend.
We had such an incredible time together and I am so very proud of him.
We miss you dearly.”
The Herniesticks have not commented publicly since the crash.
Hirst was a frequent contributor to The Washington Post and other media outlets, as well as a contributor to CBS News and CNN.
He also worked as a photographer for a large-format film company and a commercial photographer for commercial and industrial photographers.
The Hirsts were the parents of two daughters.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.