The Baltimore Orioles paid tribute to the shots of the Capital Gazette by placing five lilies on the press room seat reserved for the newspaper and holding a minute's silence against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.
Long-time sports journalist John McNamara was one of five employees shot dead on Thursday in Annapolis in the local newspaper's offices.
McNamara was a sports writer for The Capital for decades before moving to community reporting. But his love wrote about sports, and he was always greeted by the Orioles in the press box at Camden Yards.
In its place were the five lilies and the front page of the Friday issue of The Newspaper, the "5 shot dead in the capital."
Before the spectators invited the crowd to silently ponder "a pointless act of violence," the demonstrators showed Orioles photos of each of the five victims. McNamara was selected for his coverage of the team.
"Yesterday we were heartbroken when we learned of the tragic loss of life in the editorial board of the Capital Gazette in another pointless act of armed force," Orioles said in a message on his PA system, according to the Baltimore Sun. "The victims and injured survivors are beloved friends and peers who have served our region through their unwavering commitment to journalism ̵
are shaken by this tragic loss of life as we send our heartfelt support to our many family members, colleagues and friends who complain of this unimaginable loss. "
Tribute to the victims also came from New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick, who grew up in the Annapolis area and called his "Hometown Newspaper" on Friday night.
"My family and I have special relationships with many great people who have worked for the newspaper," Belichick said in a statement by The Patriots. "My heart goes to the victims, their families and the entire Annapolis community for this terrible and pointless tragedy."
Information from The Associated Press was used in the report.