These are the five Capital Gazette shooting victims:
59-year-old Rob Hiaasen served as an assistant editor and Sunday columnist. Friends and co-workers say he was a great mentor to young journalists and was known for his wry, observant features. He celebrated his 33rd anniversary with his wife Maria a week before the shooting.
34-year-old Rebecca Smith worked as a sales assistant for the newsroom and had just been hired in November. She was engaged to be married and had a strong relationship with her fiancé’s daughter.
56-year-old John McNamara was said to be living his dream as a sports reporter. He covered high school, college, and professional sports for decades and wrote two books about sports at his alma mater, the University of Maryland. He was still working on his third book when he died. He leaves behind his wife, Andrea, whom he met at a bar after reporting on a football game in college.
65-year-old Wendi Winters served as the Capital Gazette’s community correspondent. Colleagues say she had a talent for connecting with people and reflecting the Annapolis community in her writing. She moved to Maryland 20 years ago and joined the paper full-time in 2013. She was the mother of four children.
61-year-old Gerald Fischman worked at the Maryland paper for more than 25 years. The editorial writer was described as having a quiet personality, a wicked sense of humor, and a brilliant mind.