Annapolis Mourns Capital Gazette Shooting Victims: ‘They Have been Element of Us’
ANNAPOLIS, Md. &mdash The crowd sang the final notes of &ldquoAmazing Grace,&rdquo and Pat Furgurson stepped to the microphone, a reporter&rsquos notebook tucked into his back pocket.
&ldquoFor a moment yesterday, the sword was mightier,&rdquo said Mr. Furgurson, a reporter for The Capital, exactly where five people were killed in a shooting on Thursday afternoon. &ldquoBut this morning, we place out a newspaper. And we&rsquoll put out a newspaper tomorrow, and the subsequent day, and the subsequent day.&rdquo
Mr. Furgurson was standing in front of at least 150 individuals at a vigil in a mall parking lot on Friday evening. In front of him had been 5 tall candles, one particular for each victim. Across the street, the building that houses the Capital Gazette workplace was nevertheless cordoned off with police tape.
&ldquoWe&rsquoll continue to do our bit to offer genuine news to far better inform citizens in this republic,&rdquo Mr. Furgurson said. &ldquoWe are not the enemy. We are you.&rdquo
In parks and on sports fields, from South Florida to Texas, Americans have gathered again and again this year to grieve in the wake of violent tragedies, and now it was Annapolis&rsquos turn. The crowd held candles and passed around white flowers in the fading light and stifling heat, attempting to make sense of a new front in mass shootings: an attack on a nearby newspaper.
The suspected gunman, who had railed against the paper on-line and in lawsuits, shot via the workplace&rsquos glass doors on Thursday, turning a quiet afternoon of filing stories into chaos. 5 people have been killed: Gerald Fischman, 61, the newsroom&rsquos editorial page editor Rob Hiaasen, 59, an editor and characteristics columnist John McNamara, 56, a sports reporter and editor for the regional weekly papers Wendi Winters, 65, a neighborhood news reporter and community columnist and Rebecca Smith, 34, a sales assistant.
The shooting has shaken newsrooms around the nation. Mr. Furgurson and the other speakers at the vigil, who included neighborhood religious and political leaders, emphasized their paper&rsquos roots and its deep connection to the neighborhood it covers.
&ldquoThey didn&rsquot come from someplace else,&rdquo stated Michael E. Busch, the Democratic speaker of the Maryland Property of Delegates, who stated his daughter had played soccer with a daughter of Ms. Winters. &ldquoThey have been component of us.&rdquo
The evening was interwoven with prayer, song and an appreciation of the work of the journalists killed in the attack.
&ldquoWe&rsquore here to celebrate the reality that we have a free press in the United States,&rdquo said Stephen Tillett, a pastor in Annapolis, near the beginning of the vigil. &ldquoThat we have a paper that&rsquos been carrying on its business given that 1727.&rdquo
Some of these gathered have been readers mourning the sudden loss of the journalists whose function they had study week right after week.
&ldquoYou really feel like you know them,&rdquo Sandy Bartlett, 52, mentioned.
Other people were alumni of the newspaper business from decades previous &mdash reporters, photographers and editors &mdash who had driven in from Washington and other cities for a reunion they by no means expected to have.
&ldquoOur identity is to be open and accessible and to listen, and it got five men and women killed,&rdquo mentioned Ledyard King, 54, a reporter for USA Today who worked for The Capital from 1988 to 1994. In that time, he had worked with two of the victims, Mr. Fischman and Mr. McNamara.
Mr. King mentioned he wished he could read what Mr. Fischman, the editorial editor, might have written about a moment as painful as this one particular. &ldquoHe would have been the a single assisting us understand,&rdquo Mr. King stated.
As an alternative, the editorial web page was left mainly blank on Friday. &ldquoToday,&rdquo it mentioned, &ldquowe are speechless.&rdquo
As the vigil wound down, Mr. Furgurson, the reporter, moved through the crowd, well conscious that he was nevertheless on duty. &ldquoI&rsquom on the cops and robbers shift,&rdquo he said. &ldquoSo far, an uneventful evening.&rdquo
Published at Sat, 30 Jun 2018 15:31:04 +0000