Slain Md. Journalist to be Honored at Memorial

Leroy Wright
July 3, 2018

As we try to come to terms with the horrific shooting in the newsroom of the Annapolis Capital Gazette yesterday, we are all, of course, searching for a reason why this happened.

Police block off the area around the home of a suspect who opened fire on a newspaper office in Maryland's capital earlier, in Laurel, Md., Thursday, June 28, 2018.

Four journalists and a sales assistant were killed in the attack. The unidentified woman told Miller she had warned a former police official years ago that Ramos "will be your next mass shooter".

Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder on Friday and ordered held without bond pending a trial after the rampage at the Maryland newspaper on Thursday.

A gunman opened fire on the Capital Gazette newsroom, killing five people and wounding two more. With an extensive family in the area, including 19 nieces and nephews, McCarthy constantly anxious that Ramos might come after one of them.

Amid an increasingly hostile environment for journalists in the U.S., focus fell on remarks made by Judge Maureen Lamasney when she dismissed Ramos's defamation lawsuit against the newspaper in 2013. "She had a very big, wacky, caring personality". We're not evil. We're just regular working people trying to tell stories from our communities.

"He was distant from the family". "She still has her gun", he said. He said Ramos tormented his client for years. In his high school yearbook photo, he is smiling, and has shoulder-length, curly brown hair and oversized glasses. The day after the ruling in his criminal harassment trial, Ramos had tweeted: "F*** you, leave me alone". According to a complaint the classmate filed in 2011, Ramos relentlessly sent her aggressive private messages, harassed her therapist for information and contacted her employer to tell them she was "a bipolar drunkard leading a double life", which she said cost her her job.

Wendi Anne Winters was 65, and had lived in Montclair during the 1990s, where she had served as president of the Universalist Unitarian Congregation and was active in religious education and fundraising there, members of the congregation said.

She eventually went to police, and Ramos ended up pleading guilty to a misdemeanor harassment charge. That touched off a yearslong tirade against the newspaper. The case was dismissed in 2015 on appeal.

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In his written court filings, Ramos frequently used overwrought language. He claimed in court documents that his perspective was not fairly represented.

Addressing the judge, Mr Adams explained the series of events inside the newsroom, saying Ramos "is alleged to have executed a brutal series of attacks on innocent victims".

Little else is known about his work history.

During Ramos' 2013 appeal, the appellate court judge in that case appeared to rebuke Ramos, who was representing himself in the matter: "A lawyer would nearly certainly have told him not to proceed with this case".

Police described Ramos as a white man in his late 30s who lives in Maryland.

"I appreciate the support you have shown for one another - it highlights your commitment to what we do and it honors the memories of Rebecca, Wendi, Rob, Gerald and John", he added.

The paper's editor in chief Rick Hutzell joined the reporters. So we have a lot of questions to be answered.

"'She stopped writing back and told him to stop, but he continued". "And it was because of his Twitter feed". "This page is intentionally left blank today to commemorate victims of Thursday's shooting at our office".

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