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18:32, 30 June 2018

Annapolis Mourns Capital Gazette Shooting Victims: ‘They Had been Component of Us’

Annapolis Mourns Capital Gazette Shooting Victims: ‘They Have been Element of Us’

Annapolis Mourns Capital Gazette Shooting Victims: &lsquoThey Had been Element of Us&rsquo

A vigil on Friday for the victims of the shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md. &ldquoFor a moment yesterday, the sword was mightier,&rdquo mentioned Pat Furgurson, a reporter for The Capital, at the memorial.CreditRyan Christopher Jones for The New York Times

By Jess Bidgood

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

Rick Hutzell, the editor in chief of the Capital Gazette, left, at the vigil.CreditLeah Millis/Reuters
Daughters of Wendi Winters, a victim of the shooting, with two Capital employees members, Paul Gillespie, left, and Pat Furgurson.CreditLeah Millis/Reuters

&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

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