Memorial dedicated to the anniversary of the newspaper attack

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FILE РIn this file photo from June 29, 2018, photos of five Capital Gazette employees adorn candles at a vigil in front of where they were killed in the Annapolis newsroom in the Maryland. A jury was selected on Friday, June 25, 2021, for the second phase of a trial of a man who killed all five people at the newspaper to decide whether he is criminally responsible because of his mental health. Jarrod Ramos pleaded guilty in 2019 to 23 counts against him in the attack on the Capital Gazette almost three years ago, but he pleaded that he was not criminally responsible because of mental illness.Jos̩ Luis Magana / AP

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – A memorial to the five people who died in a mass shooting against a Maryland newspaper is dedicated on Monday, marking the third anniversary of the attack.

Friends and family are to attend the event at an Annapolis park, along with local officials. Author and journalist David Simon is expected.

A memorial titled “Guardians of the First Amendment” will be dedicated to the event. It includes five pillars to represent the five lives lost in the shooting. Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters died in the attack.

The memorial includes a rounded brick building, which will contain a sign showing the First Amendment.


Shooter Jarrod Ramos pleaded guilty to 23 counts against him in October 2019, but claims he is not criminally responsible due to mental illness. A jury was recently selected to determine whether Ramos should be sentenced to prison or interned in a maximum security mental hospital.


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