Congressman John Sarbanes

Representing the 3rd District of Maryland

Memorial Held for 5 Employees Killed in Capital Gazette Shooting

June 28, 2019
In The News

June 28 marks exactly one year since the deadly shooting at The Capital Gazette newsroom…. On June 28, 2018, a gunman entered the newsroom and killed five employees: editorial page editor Gerald Fischman, assistant editor Rob Hiaasen, editor/reporter John McNamara, sales assistant Rebecca Smith and community correspondent Wendi Winters…. The remaining staff pushed through and continued to put out a paper the next day, reporting on the very tragedy that took their co-workers lives. They put out a paper every day since, in an impressive show of resolve and responsibility to not let the shooting stop them from doing their jobs…. The community gathered along the waterfront at Acton Cove Park — not far from the Maryland State House — to dedicate a memorial garden to the five victims…. The garden dedication included Representative John Sarbanes and Senator Chris Van Hollen. Both lawmakers praised the paper for its service to the community—and for the determination to keep going and “putting out the damn paper” even the day after the murders…. The emotional day also continued into the night with the City of Annapolis holding a special remembrance concert at Maryland Hall…. The night ended with candlelight illumination, showing that even though times go on, these faces and their work will never be forgotten.