University of Maryland holds memorial service for Capital Gazette's John McNamara

(Photo, MGN Online)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (ABC7) — The University of Maryland hosted a memorial service Tuesday for John McNamara, a UMD alumnus and distinguished reporter killed during the attack on the Capital Gazette newsroom.

The service for McNamara was held at the University of Maryland Memorial Chapel.

McNamara, known as "Mac" to his friends and colleagues, was a 1983 Maryland graduate who covered Terrapins sports for two decades in addition serving as copy editor for the Capital.

“He didn’t let his feelings about the school influence how he wrote articles,” former Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams said via the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. “He knew enough about the game, about coaching, about players that you were going to get a fair story.”

"Colleagues remembered Mac for his dry sense of humor and witty one-liners," friend and fellow Capital Gazette sports writer Bill Wagner wrote in a column for the paper. "He reveled in delivering a snappy response in conversation and could be biting with his commentary."

McNamara, Rebecca Smith, Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, and Gerald 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 America.

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