ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Four years ago, a man walked into the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis and open fired.
Five people were murdered — Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Wendi Winters and Rebecca Smith.
There was a wreath-laying ceremony for the victims at the Guardians of the First Amendment Memorial on Compromise Street.
"It’s an important occasion. It’s important that we reflect on what happened four years ago, in a place that’s built for that kind of reflection," Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman said. "So I’m glad to see a lot of people here. I'm wearing my shirt commemorating, by a local artist, ‘We must press on,’ we must support local press and we must figure out how to reduce gun violence."
Following the wreath laying, there was an unveiling of artwork to honor the victims at Annapolis City Hall.
Governor Larry Hogan has also proclaimed June 28, 2022 as “Freedom of the Press Day,” in their honor.