Capital Gazette Newspaper Staff Is Marching in Fourth of July Parade to Show Resilience After Shooting

Less than a week after a gunman killed five and injured several others in their newsroom, Capital Gazette employees are walking in a Fourth of July parade to show their resilience.

The city of Annapolis, Maryland, invited the newspaper's journalists to march in the annual parade as a symbol of healing, according to the Associated Press. They will have a place of honor during the procession.

The newspaper published an opinion piece explaining why its staff will participate in the parade instead of merely reporting on it, as "generations of our young reporters" have done.

"The news staff of The Capital feels out of place being part of the event rather than on the sidelines taking notes or producing video," the paper writes. But the unusual—and tragic—circumstances have changed things.

"We're hurting, but we know Annapolis and Anne Arundel County are, too. It's so difficult to grasp that our community was the site of a mass shooting; that Annapolis has joined the names synonymous with abhorrent violence," the paper wrote.

The piece goes on to say that the journalists are marching not to make a political statement about President Trump or gun control but simply "because we want our readers and our community to see that we believe things will, eventually, be OK again. Eventually."

Five Capital staff members were killed on Thursday, June 28, when 38-year-old Jarrod Warren Ramos allegedly broke into the newspaper's office and fired openly on employees with a 12-gauge shotgun.

Among the dead were two reporters, two editors and one sales associate. Several others were wounded.

The shooting was one of the few fatal attacks on journalists in the workplace in recent decades, but it was widely discussed in the larger context of Trump-era hostility toward the news media. Since entering the White House in 2017, Trump has called the media "the enemy of the people" and had repeatedly attacked specific outlets by name.

Before the shooting, Ramos had a long-running grudge against the Maryland newspaper and had unsuccessfully filed a lawsuit against the owners of The Capital for 2011 coverage of his guilty plea for criminal harassment. He also expressed rage toward the paper on social media.

Ramos has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder.

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A makeshift memorial was created near the Capital Gazette, where five staff members were fatally shot on June 29, in Annapolis, Maryland. Surviving staffers are marching in a Fourth of July parade to show their resilience. Mark Wilson/Getty Images