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Annapolis to Lay Wreaths in Tribute to Capital Gazette Shooting Victims

The legacy of Capital Gazette employees Gerald Fischman, Robert Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters is honored by the Guardians of the First Amendment monument that was unveiled in Annapolis on the third anniversary of the attack on their newsroom. Photo by Hannah Gaskill.

By Valerie Bonk

This week marks the 4th anniversary of the deadly mass shooting that took the lives of five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis. On Tuesday, the city will pay tribute to those victims.

At 9:30 a.m., the City of Annapolis will host a wreath-laying ceremony at the Guardians of the First Amendment Memorial on Compromise Street, followed by an unveiling of artwork honoring the victims at City Hall.

Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiassen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters were killed in the shooting.

“In remembering the victims, we honor their lives and work, and celebrate the love and respect they were held in, here in their local community; and we renew our commitment to fight for gun safety,” said Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley.

The shooter, Jarrod Ramos, was found criminally responsible for the shooting during a jury trial last summer and was sentenced in September to six consecutive life sentences, five without the possibility of parole.

The Guardians of the First Amendment Memorial was unveiled by the city last year to honor the lives of those killed.

The incident remains the largest mass shooting of journalists in the nation’s history.

As part of Maryland Matters’ content sharing agreement with WTOP, we feature this article from Valerie Bonk. Click here for the WTOP News website. Danielle E. Gaines contributed to this report.