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Here Are The Five Victims Of The Capital Gazette Shooting, And How The Paper Remembered Them

On Thursday, 38-year-old Jarrod Ramos shot and killed five people at the offices of the Capital Gazette. Ramos had a long-standing feud with the publication dating back to 2011, suing The Capital in 2012 for defamation. The case was dismissed in court. He was identified through facial recognition technology because he had mutilated his fingertips. Intern Anthony Messenger tweeted about the active shooter situation on Twitter. Police responded within a minute. The attack is one of the deadliest against journalists in American history. Even as this tragedy played out in their own office, the reporters of The Capital, unfazed, reported on their own shooting after law enforcement had evacuated the building. 


The victims were Wendi Winters, Rebecca Smith, Robert Hiaasen, Gerald Fischmann, and John McNamara. The Capital posted stories about each of their lost colleagues on Twitter. As their social media account noted, Mr. Fischmann had a “dry wit” and a “wicked pen.” Mr. Hiaasen was known for his many contributions to the newsroom, but also for the mentorship he offered to younger reporters. John McNamara, among many things,  provided a knowledge bank for local sports teams. The rest you can read here. 


Yes, they’re news stories, which also serve as a final goodbye. Yesterday was tragic. There are no words to describe it. This was a heinous attack. Period. Nevertheless, as we offer thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families, the work at The Capital will not rest. It’s editor, Jimmy DeButts, said while they grieve—their mission to report, expose, and inform will not be disrupted. 

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