These are the people killed in a mass shooting at the offices of the Capital Gazette

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  • Five people were killed and two others were injured when a gunman fired at people in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, on Thursday.
  • The victims held various roles within the company; several had decades of experience in journalism.

Five people were killed and two others were injured when a gunman fired at people in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, on Thursday afternoon.

The victims held various roles within the company; several had decades of experience in journalism.

“Devastated & heartbroken. Numb. Please stop asking for information/interviews,” Jimmy DeButts, community news editor of the Capital Gazette, said in a tweet. “I’m in no position to speak, just know Capital Gazette reporters & editors give all they have every day. There are no 40 hour weeks, no big paydays – just a passion for telling stories from our community.”

A Bloomberg journalist started a crowdfunding campaign to help support the victims. As of early Friday morning, it had raised more than $US50,000 of its $US70,000 goal. That goal had previously been set to $US30,000. It was raised several times as the donation pledges added up.

Here’s what we know about the victims of the attack:


Gerald Fischman, 61

Fischman was an editorial writer at The Capital Gazette.

He is survived by his wife.

Fischman had worked at the newspaper company since 1992, where he was noted for his quiet personality that “hid the brilliant mind, wry wit and ‘wicked pen,'” according to his colleagues cited in a Baltimore Sun report.

“He was the consummate newspaper professional,” Kathy Flynn, a former features editor, said in The Sun. “He took ultimate care, he made sure that every sentence was exactly what he wanted to say.”

He graduated from the University of Maryland’s journalism school in 1979.

You can read his articles here »


Robert Hiaasen, 59

Carl Hiaasen/FacebookRobert Hiaasen, left, and his brother Carl.

Hiaasen had been an assistant editor at the Capital Gazette since 2010, and a feature writer for the Baltimore Sun before that.

“I just want people to know what an in­cred­ibly gentle, generous, and gifted guy my brother was,” Hiassen’s brother Carl, said to The Washington Post.

“He was an unforgettably warm and uplifting presence as a father and brother,” Carl said. “But he also had dedicated his whole life to journalism.”

Hiaasen graduated from the University of Florida. He was also an adjunct lecturer at the University of Maryland, according to The Post.

You can read his articles here »


John McNamara, 56

McNamara reported on a variety of topics for the Capital Gazette for over 20 years, according to The Washington Post.

He is survived by his wife, Andrea Chamblee.

McNamara’s news coverage included sports, a topic he would later write about in a book about the University of Maryland’s football program.

“Definitely a pen and paper guy,” David Elfin, his coauthor on a book about basketball, said to The Washington Post. “He didn’t wear a fedora, but maybe he should have.”

You can read his articles here »


Rebecca Smith, 34

Smith was recently hired by as a sales assistant at the newspaper, according to The Baltimore Sun.

“She was a very thoughtful person,” the Capital Gazette’s advertising director, Marty Padden, said in The Sun. “She was kind and considerate, and willing to help when needed. She seemed to really enjoy to be working in the media business.”

Smith, a Baltimore local, lived with her fiance.

She reportedly had a close relationship her fiance’s daughter: “They had such an amazing relationship,” Kelli Peleska, her finace’s softball teammate, said to The Sun. “Can’t even imagine her pain when she hears of this.”


Wendi Winters, 65

Winters covered local news.

She is survived by her four children.

“My mother was a wonderful woman and a fantastic reporter,” her daughter, Winters Geimer, said to The Baltimore Sun. “Her life was a gift to everyone who knew her and the world will not be the same without her. We are grieving and trying to make sure all of us can be together to celebrate the life of our mother.”

Winters had a background in public relations and fashion, and also owned her own boutique agency.

“Spreading beauty one artwork at a time today …” Winters said in her last tweet on Sunday.

You can read her articles here »

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