Sarbanes Honors Capital Gazette Shooting Victims
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Approaching the one-year anniversary of the shooting at The Capital Gazette, which killed five employees, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) delivered remarks on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to honor the lives and legacies of the victims, and to recognize the strength and resiliency of the entire Annapolis community in the aftermath of the terrible tragedy.
In addition to delivering remarks, Congressman Sarbanes also officially entered several documents into the Congressional Record, including:
- "Capital Gazette Victim Rob Hiaasen Remembered as a Writer with a Deft and Gentle Touch"
- "Wendi Winters, A Prolific Feature Writer for The Capital Enjoyed Sharing Stories about Local Residents"
- "Gerald Fischman, Capital Gazette Editorial Writer, Was Known and Respected for His Sharp Wit and Command of Facts"
- "John McNamara, Capital Gazette Sports Reporter, Recalled for His Vast Knowledge and Love of the Terps"
- "Rebecca A. Smith, Capital Gazette Advertising Assistant Who Held Family and Friends at Center of Her Life"
- The Pulitzer Price Special Citation for The Capital Gazette
See below for the Congressman’s full remarks and transcript.
“On June 28, 2018, a gunman shot and killed five employees of The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. The Annapolis community, which I have the privilege of representing, was shaken to its core and will continue to grieve for years to come. But that same community also reached deep within itself to find an amazing resiliency which helped lift up the families who were victimized by this unconscionable act of violence.
“On this anniversary, and in solidarity with those families – as well as hundreds of friends, co-workers and acquaintances – we honor the memory of Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara and Rebecca Smith.
“We must also confront the fact that those targeted by this cowardly assault were members of our valued local press corps. In America, we cherish our free and independent press. We honor our journalists who follow the facts and find the truth. This terrible tragedy struck at the heart of newsrooms, large and small, across the country. The day after this tragedy, the Capital Gazette went to press – an inspiring act of courage and determination that rallied the Annapolis community.
“Today, as we remember Rob, Wendi, Gerald, John and Rebecca, let us also honor the courage of the whole Capital Gazette staff. Their dedication, their service to the community and their commitment to a vibrant, free press are a tribute to the journalism profession.”