Vigil honors victims, families of Capital Gazette shooting

WASHINGTON — Mourners holding candles lined the streets of Annapolis on Friday to honor those who died when a gunman entered the building of their hometown newspaper.

Surrounded by his colleagues, Capital Gazette reporter Phil Davis read the names of his co-workers Rebecca Smith, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara, Wendi Winters and Robert Hiaasen. They were killed when Jarrod W. Ramos entered the newspaper’s office on Thursday and shot them with a long gun.

Mourners walk during a vigil in response to a shooting at The Capital Gazette newspaper office, Friday, June 29, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. The suspect, Jarrod W. Ramos, is charged with five counts of first-degree murder in one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Mourners walk during a vigil in response to a shooting at The Capital Gazette newspaper office, Friday, June 29, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. The suspect, Jarrod W. Ramos, is charged with five counts of first-degree murder in one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
People stand in silence during a vigil in response to a shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom Friday, June 29, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the newsroom. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
People stand in silence during a vigil in response to a shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom Friday, June 29, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the newsroom. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
People gather for a vigil in response to a shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom, Friday, June 29, 2018, in front of the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the newsroom. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
People gather for a vigil in response to a shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom, Friday, June 29, 2018, in front of the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the newsroom. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
People hug as they gather for a vigil in response to a shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom, Friday, June 29, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the newsroom. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
People hug as they gather for a vigil in response to a shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom, Friday, June 29, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the newsroom. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
Photos of five journalists adorn candles during a vigil across the street from where they  were slain in their newsroom in Annapolis, Md., Friday, June 29, 2018. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the Capital Gazette newsroom. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Photos of five journalists adorn candles during a vigil across the street from where they were slain in their newsroom in Annapolis, Md., Friday, June 29, 2018. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the Capital Gazette newsroom. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) (AP/Jose Luis Magana)
People gather for a candlelight vigil across the street from where five journalists were slain in their newsroom in Annapolis, Md., Friday, June 29, 2018. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the Capital Gazette newsroom. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
People gather for a candlelight vigil across the street from where five journalists were slain in their newsroom in Annapolis, Md., Friday, June 29, 2018. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the Capital Gazette newsroom. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) (AP/Jose Luis Magana)
Mourners stand in silence during a vigil in response to a shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom, Friday, June 29, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Prosecutors say 38-year-old Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the newsroom. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Mourners stand in silence during a vigil in response to a shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom, Friday, June 29, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Prosecutors say 38-year-old Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the newsroom. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
People walk in silence during a vigil in response to a shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom, Friday, June 29, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the newsroom. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
People walk in silence during a vigil in response to a shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom, Friday, June 29, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the newsroom. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
People hug during a candlelight vigil across the street from where five journalists were slain in their newsroom in Annapolis, Md., Friday, June 29, 2018. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the Capital Gazette newsroom. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
People hug during a candlelight vigil across the street from where five journalists were slain in their newsroom in Annapolis, Md., Friday, June 29, 2018. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the Capital Gazette newsroom. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) (AP/Jose Luis Magana)
Hundreds of people lined the streets during a candlelight vigil on Friday. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Hundreds of people lined the streets during a candlelight vigil on Friday. (WTOP/Mike Murillo) (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Mourners walk during a vigil after the shooting at the Capital Gazette. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Mourners walk during a vigil after the shooting at the Capital Gazette. (WTOP/Mike Murillo) (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Mourners holding candles on the streets of Annapolis, Maryland, on Friday to honor those who were killed in a shooting at the Capital Gazette. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Mourners holding candles on the streets of Annapolis, Maryland, on Friday to honor those who were killed in a shooting at the Capital Gazette. (WTOP/Mike Murillo) (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Mourners gather in Annapolis on Friday, June 29, for the victims of the Capital Gazette shooting. (Courtesy Kara McGuirk-Allison)
Mourners gather in Annapolis on Friday, June 29, for the victims of the Capital Gazette shooting. (Courtesy Kara McGuirk-Allison) (Courtesy Kara McGuirk-Allison)
People leave messages of grief and support during a vigil on Friday, June 29, 2018, for the victims of the Capital Gazette shooting. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
People leave messages of grief and support during a vigil on Friday, June 29, 2018, for the victims of the Capital Gazette shooting. (WTOP/Mike Murillo) (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
A sign stands near the Capital Gazette building where a shooting took place Thursday that killed five people. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
A sign stands near the Capital Gazette building where a shooting took place Thursday that killed five people. (WTOP/Mike Murillo) (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Kathy Korin, of Annapolis, joins the vigil on Friday, June 29, 2018, for the victims of the Capital Gazette shooting. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Kathy Korin, of Annapolis, joins the vigil on Friday, June 29, 2018, for the victims of the Capital Gazette shooting. (WTOP/Mike Murillo) (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
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Mourners walk during a vigil in response to a shooting at The Capital Gazette newspaper office, Friday, June 29, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. The suspect, Jarrod W. Ramos, is charged with five counts of first-degree murder in one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
People stand in silence during a vigil in response to a shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom Friday, June 29, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the newsroom. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
People gather for a vigil in response to a shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom, Friday, June 29, 2018, in front of the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the newsroom. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
People hug as they gather for a vigil in response to a shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom, Friday, June 29, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the newsroom. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Photos of five journalists adorn candles during a vigil across the street from where they  were slain in their newsroom in Annapolis, Md., Friday, June 29, 2018. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the Capital Gazette newsroom. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
People gather for a candlelight vigil across the street from where five journalists were slain in their newsroom in Annapolis, Md., Friday, June 29, 2018. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the Capital Gazette newsroom. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Mourners stand in silence during a vigil in response to a shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom, Friday, June 29, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Prosecutors say 38-year-old Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the newsroom. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
People walk in silence during a vigil in response to a shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom, Friday, June 29, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the newsroom. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
People hug during a candlelight vigil across the street from where five journalists were slain in their newsroom in Annapolis, Md., Friday, June 29, 2018. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the Capital Gazette newsroom. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Hundreds of people lined the streets during a candlelight vigil on Friday. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Mourners walk during a vigil after the shooting at the Capital Gazette. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Mourners holding candles on the streets of Annapolis, Maryland, on Friday to honor those who were killed in a shooting at the Capital Gazette. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Mourners gather in Annapolis on Friday, June 29, for the victims of the Capital Gazette shooting. (Courtesy Kara McGuirk-Allison)
People leave messages of grief and support during a vigil on Friday, June 29, 2018, for the victims of the Capital Gazette shooting. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
A sign stands near the Capital Gazette building where a shooting took place Thursday that killed five people. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Kathy Korin, of Annapolis, joins the vigil on Friday, June 29, 2018, for the victims of the Capital Gazette shooting. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

“We’re not going to forget them, and we don’t want people to forget them,” Davis said.

Davis told the crowd outside the state house building that they are here to “honor who (the victims) were and what their families did not have to go through.”

Kathy Korin, of Annapolis, came to the vigil with sign that featured the newspaper obituaries of the five people who were killed.

“Annapolis is our city, and we feel like it is under attack,” Korin said.

Maryland House Speaker Mike Busch spoke and praised the newspaper for not missing the Friday edition, saying that it was the “greatest tribute their colleagues could have paid them.”

Ramos, 38, of Laurel, Maryland, had his first court appearance in Anne Arundel District Court Friday. He appeared by video from the county detention center and was told he is charged with five counts of first-degree murder and could face life in prison. He is held without bond.

Ramos filed a lawsuit against the Capital Gazette over a 2011 article about him. The lawsuit was thrown out and the courts ruled against him in a following appeal.

Two Capital Gazette employees, Janel Cooley and Rachael Pacella, were injured in the attack but have since been released from the hospital.

WTOP’s Mike Murillo contributed to this report.

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