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'We are with you': Tribute grows for Annapolis shooting victims

Posted at 11:34 PM, Jul 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-01 23:38:48-04

Tributes of love outside the Capital Gazette building are growing, honoring the 5 staff members killed Thursday. 


"It’s just unspeakable really, the senseless of it and how painful it is," Annapolis resident Dylan D'Andrea said. 


Sunday evening, crowds crowds continued to gather outside 888 Bestgate Road, grieving the loss of Gerald Fischman, Robert Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith, and Wendi Winters. 


"I wanted to be here. I wanted to go to the vigil. The paper went out in spite of that, you can’t let that stop you," Annapolis resident Liz Darnell said. 


Jeff Parness drove down from New York with stars of hope painted by children from the United Nations International School, to bring hope to the community after the tragedy.


"It kind of rocks us to our core of our fundamental sense of humanity, so I think when people see that kids can express compassions of hope and healing, it kind of shocks you back. 'OK we are gonna get through this and we get through this together," Parness said.


He founded the New York Says Thank You Foundation to connect survivor communities when the unimaginable happens. 


"It’s just a way for people to use art to expression compassion and to let folks know that you’re not alone. We are all in this together," Parness said.


The owner of the Capital Gazette has also created a lasting tribute: a Families Fund to support the victims' families and the survivors of the mass shooting, in addition to a Memorial Scholarship Fund for journalism students. 


Memorial services have been set for at least 2 of the victims. Monday, there will be a private "Celebration of Life" for the paper's assistant managing editor Rob Hiaasen at the Irvine Nature Center in Owings Mills from 6 to 9 p.m.



A memorial service for special publications editor Wendi Winters will take place next Saturday at noon at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis.