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The streets of Annapolis filled on Friday as people gathered to mourn the loss of five Capital Gazette employees gunned down Thursday in their news room.
The Maryland National Flag has been cut in half Where the shooting took place, people dropped flowers, handwritten notes, and American flags.
Some people gathered in the Unitarian Universalist Church in Annapolis to complain about the loss of a longtime member who was killed in the office.
A reproduction of " Amazing Grace " on a bagpipe echoed through the busy streets. Mourners carried signs saying "We are heartbroken" and "Annapolis Strong".
"We are not the enemy" Capital Reporter Pat Furgurson told people who attended a candlelight vigil, sister publication The Baltimore Sun. reported. "We are them."
Employees stood with their arms around each other amid family members, friends and supporters.
Reporter Phil Davis picked up a microphone and read the names of colleagues who had lost their lives in gunfire. "The reason why we want to say the names is because we will not forget them and we do not want others to forget them," he said.
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Killed Thursday was Rebecca Smith, a 34-year-old saleswoman, John McNamara, a 56-year-old editor and sports journalist, Gerald Fischman, a 61-year-old editor, Wendi Winters, a 65-year-old editor for special publications and Robert Hiaasen, Editor and columnist, 59 years old.
"I talked to Rob [by phone] Thursday morning – he was talking about clarifying the headline," the Capital Gazette reporter told Chase Cook to NPR. He was at home in Washington when the attack happened. "There are two worlds now."
He said the reality of Thursday's attack had not really materialized yet. The newspaper, like any other publication, has amassed some annoyed readers, he said, but "it was just people who called us, The Crapital, because they were upset about how we represented everything Rightly, here or anywhere else in the rest of the country, he would think that it would come to that. "
The accused man, Jarrod Ramos, sued the newspaper in 2012 for defamation, then he took his criticism to social media after his lawsuit was dismissed ,
Police say he used a pump-action shotgun in the attack. He barricaded the rear exit of the building to prevent people from fleeing, says district attorney Arundel County. Ramos faces five murders.
Cook spent most of Friday The Baltimore Sun prepared the weekend paper with a colleague who survived the shootout. Then he went to the sunset vigil in Annapolis near the water. "There were more people than I expected," he said. "It was wonderful that they showed up."
He added, "Wendi and Rob loved the vigils, they would all have been there if we were."