Memorial set for 5 slain Capital Gazette employees


FILE – In this June 29, 2018, file photo, mourners stand in silence during a vigil in response to a shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom, in Annapolis, Md. At a time when journalists are being branded “the enemy of the people,” staff members at the Capital Gazette newspaper are feeling renewed appreciation in their community, a year after a gunman went on a newsroom rampage that left five of their colleagues dead. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Journalists will gather in a park in Annapolis, Maryland, for a memorial for the five Capital Gazette employees who were shot to death in their newsroom last year.

Trif Alatzas, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Baltimore Sun, and Capital Gazette Editor Rick Hutzell are scheduled to speak at the dedication of a memorial garden on Friday. David Dreier, chairman of the board of Tribune Publishing, also is speaking.

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley and U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen are expected to speak as well.

Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Wendi Winters and Rebecca Smith died in last year’s attack.

Tribune Publishing, which owns the newspaper, is planning to hold a moment of silence at its properties at 2:33 p.m. That is the time the shooting happened last June 

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