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UMD to honor Capital Gazette shooting victims with on-campus memorial

This photo combination shows the victims of the shooting in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday, June 28, 2018. Top, from left, John McNamara and Wendi Winters; bottom, from left, Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman and Rebecca Smith. (The Baltimore Sun via AP)

The University of Maryland is planing to honor the victims of the Capital Gazette shooting.

UMD's Phillip Merrill College of Journalism will rename a seminar room on campus as a memorial to honor UMD alumni John McNamara and Gerald Fischman, UMD adjunct professor Rob Hiaasen, and their coworkers Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters, according to a release from the university.

A ceremony for the memorial will be held in December, and the Merrill College plans to create writing competitions in memory of Fischman and McNamara. A teaching award will also be in memory of Hiaasen.

McNamara was an editor, Fischman worked as the editorial page editor, Smith was a sales assistant, and Winters served as a special publications editor, according to the Associated Press.

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The release states Hiaasen taught news writing and reporting at the university during the spring of 2018, and was planning to teach in the fall.

McNamara, known as "Mac" to his friends and colleagues, was a 1983 Maryland grad who covered Terrapins sports and served as a copy editor for the Capital Gazette.

On July 10, a memorial service was held for McNamara at UMD's Memorial Chapel.

RELATED: Five dead in Annapolis after gunman opened fire at Capital Gazette newspaper office

McNamara, Smith, Hiaasen, Winters, and Fischman all died after a gunman attacked the Capital Gazette office in Annapolis on June 28 in one of the worst attacks against journalists in the nation.


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