Trump orders U.S. flags lowered to honor 5 slain at newspaper

Jul 04, 2018, 15:45
Trump orders U.S. flags lowered to honor 5 slain at newspaper

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said the decision was made Monday night "as soon as the president heard about the request from the mayor".

Five Capital Gazette employees died in Thursday's shooting in Annapolis.

President Donald Trump is expected this morning to order flags to be lowered in honor of Capital Gazette staffers murdered last week.

The letters were sent to the Baltimore City courthouse, the Maryland court of special appeals and to a law firm, Davis said.

Sgt. Jacklyn Davis, a spokesperson for Anne Arundel County police, said the letters were received on Monday.

That document reportedly appeared like a court filing styled as a "Motion for Reconsideration" relating to Ramos' failed attempt to sue the Capital for defamation after it accurately reported his harassment case in 2011.

After recent mass shootings at high schools in Texas and Florida, President Trump ordered American flags across the country lowered to half-staff to honor the victims.

"A strong democracy requires a healthy media, and the slaying of journalists in Annapolis was a frightful reminder that reporters, editors and others in newsrooms around the country willingly take great risks to vigorously report the news", Ige said.

The other shooting victims were Gerald Fischman, 61, editorial page editor; John McNamara, 56, a staff writer; Rebecca Smith, 34, a sales assistant; and Wendi Winters, 65, who worked in special publications.

Buckley, born in South Africa but raised in Perth, Australia, said on Monday (Tuesday NZ Time) his initial request to the White House had been declined.

Since no flag should fly higher than the US flag, all other flags, including state, municipal, corporate, or otherwise, should also be lowered during this same duration of time, Malloy said.

Maryland's Republican Gov. Larry Hogan ordered the state flag flown at half-staff on Friday through sunset on Monday.

An overflow crowd sought solace with laughter and amusing memories and occasional sobs.

The daughters of victim Rob Hiassen at his memorial ceremony.

The three letters were dated 28 June, the day of the shooting. He made friends easily and had a bunch of them.

"He had a really, really big heart", she said, before reading a poem in her dad's honour.

Ramos was upset with the story and created a website where he allegedly expressed "his frustration and his anger towards me, the reporter and the newspaper", Marquardt said. "I thought he was smart and amusing and wise", Tyler said before the gathering began.

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