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Annapolis Rising: Concert honors 5 slain at newspaper

Posted: 11:16 PM, Jul 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-30 12:23:02-04

One month after the deadly newsroom shooting in Annapolis, the man accused of killing five people was supposed to have his first appearance in court, but it was terminated Monday morning.

Meanwhile, Saturday, thousands gathered to honor the victims and raise money for their families. 

"We just want to remember them and honor them and support the entire Capital family," spokesperson for the city of Annapolis, Susan O'Brien, said. 

The city of Annapolis hosted a benefit concert, with Maryland-based rockers Good Charlotte as the headliner. 

"We’re all here together to honor five people," Joel Madden said. 

"This is just another way for us to step up and wrap around everyone at the Capital Gazette," Benji Madden said. 

The concert went on for almost 12 hours, and including local bands and speakers from the Capital Gazette and other esteemed journalists. 

It came exactly one month after 5 staff members were killed in an attack on their newsroom. 

"Today is not just a concert. It’s a cry for help. I need you to answer my cry," Andrea Chamblee, the widow od slain editor John McNamara, said. 

She urged the crowd to stay politically active, registering to vote and getting family and friends to too. 

The families of Wendi Winters, Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara and Rebecca Smith were honored with a special flag presentation.

"My mother would have thanked you all for coming out today. She was a big supporter of local arts and local restaurants. She would have been here probably covering this event for the Capital but instead, my sister and I are here to receive a flag on her behalf and I thank you for remembering her today," Winters Geimer, Wendi Winters daughter, said.

The city also took time during the concert to thank the first responders for their efforts one month ago.

"There were 11 people in that room and the reason why there are 6 survivors is because of the outstanding work of our first responders, who were on the scene in 60 seconds and in the newsroom within 2 minutes and they apprehended the suspect who will go to trial," O'Brien said. 

Police arrested Jarrod Ramos, who had a grudge against the paper. He's accused of blasting his way into the newsroom and opening fire. Last week, he was indicted on 23 counts in connection with the shooting, including 5 counts of first-degree murder. Ramos has been held without bond since the shooting. He is scheduled for an initial appearance Monday at 9 a.m.

O'Brien says they won’t know the final tally of money raised for another week or so, but they hope to be able to donate $100,000 dollars to the Capital Gazette Families Fund.