Congressman John Sarbanes

Representing the 3rd District of Maryland

One Year Later, Capital Gazette Shooting Victims Remembered with Garden

June 28, 2019
In The News

When particularly juicy news broke, Capital Gazette editor Rick Hutzell would burst out of his office to share it with his assistant editor, Rob Hiaasen. One day, he wasn’t there. Likely, Hutzell told a crowd gathered Friday morning at Acton’s Cove Waterfront Park, Hiaasen had slipped out of the newsroom to come here. Under the shade of the trees, with boats bobbing nearby in the water, he found the solitude to think about his next column, or how to help one of the reporters he edited and mentored. Now, the park is home to a rose garden planted in the memory of Hiaasen; Gerald Fischman, an editorial writer; John McNamara, a sports and news writer and editor; Rebecca Smith, an advertising assistant; and Wendi Winters, a community features writer. The garden was dedicated on the first anniversary of the day they were killed by a mass shooter in their Annapolis office…. The dedication of the memorial garden launched a day of remembrance of the deadliest attack on a newspaper in U.S. history. A Laurel man, Jarrod Ramos, awaits trial on murder and other charges in the shooting for which he’s pleaded not criminally responsible…. The five died “senselessly” while doing jobs that made them a vital part of a close-knit community, Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said…. U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen and U.S. Rep John Sarbanes, Maryland Democrats, also spoke at the dedication…. Sarbanes recalled rushing to Annapolis after learning of the shooting. “By the time I got here, there were already two things happening which were awe-inspiring,” he said. “The first was that you could feel the defiance on the part of the Capital Gazette, already beginning to think about how to resist that attack and make sure that that newspaper went out the next morning. “The other thing that you could feel was that the healing was beginning,” Sarbanes said. “People were rushing from around Annapolis to put their arms around the families of those victims.”