Newspaper where 5 gunned down thanks public, affirms mission: 'We are journalists'

The Capital Gazette paper where 5 were killed thanked the community.

July 1, 2018, 4:16 PM

Three days after a gunman opened fire in the Capital Gazette newspaper office, killing five staff, the publication in Annapolis, Maryland, thanked the community for its support in a piece printed on its Sunday opinion section.

“Thank you. We will not forget,” read the headline.

“Thank you for the outpouring of sympathy for the terrible tragedy that took place Thursday in our Annapolis office,” the article begins.

It goes on to name the five staff killed: Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, Wendi Winters, John McNamara and Rebecca Smith, saying the newspaper will never forget them.

PHOTO: The opinion section of the Capital Gazette, July 1, 2018.
The opinion section of the Capital Gazette, July 1, 2018.
Capital Gazette

The survivors at the Capital Gazette will also remember their community, the "thousands who turned out to support us in a march to City Dock," the piece continued. "Thank you for the cards, the letters, the emails and the flowers. Thank you for the food, the text messages and the signs."

PHOTO: Mourners walk during a vigil in response to a shooting at The Capital Gazette newspaper office, June 29, 2018, in Annapolis, Md.
Mourners walk during a vigil in response to a shooting at The Capital Gazette newspaper office, June 29, 2018, in Annapolis, Md.
Patrick Semansky/AP Photo

The article also noted the expressions of appreciation for their journalism, including the more than 800 new subscriptions to the paper's digital edition on Friday.

But the piece also mentioned more negative reactions and seemed to allude to one of President Trump's past critical comments about the press.

PHOTO: Mackenzie Bought, 16, plays 'Amazing Grace' on the bag pipes as thousands of people march during a candle light vigil to remember the five journalists from The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, June 29, 2018.
Mackenzie Bought, 16, plays 'Amazing Grace' on the bag pipes as thousands of people march during a candle light vigil to remember the five journalists from The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, June 29, 2018.
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“Here’s what else we won’t forget: Death threats and emails from people we don’t know celebrating our loss,” the Capital wrote. “We won’t forget being called an enemy of the people,” an apparent allusion to Trump's tweet in 2017 that called the media in general – and some news organizations by name – “an enemy of the American people.”

PHOTO: Photos of five journalists adorn candles during a vigil across the street from where they were slain in their newsroom in Annapolis, Md., June 29, 2018.
Photos of five journalists adorn candles during a vigil across the street from where they were slain in their newsroom in Annapolis, Md., June 29, 2018.
Jose Luis Magana/AP Photo

The paper goes on to reaffirm its mission. “No, we won’t forget that. Because exposing evil, shining light on wrongs and fighting injustice is what we do ... We are journalists.”

The article ends with the names of 33 of the surviving staff.

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