President Trump Denies Half-Staff Flag Request For Victims Of Annapolis Newspaper Shooting

People take part in a candlelight vigil near the Capital Gazette the day after a gunman killed five people inside the newspaper’s building in Annapolis Md

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"Is there a cutoff for tragedy?" the paper reported Buckley saying. All are welcome. On Saturday, the 5:30 p.m. Eucharist at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in downtown will be offered for the victims.

None of the people involved in the lawsuit were still employed by the newspaper at the time of the shooting.

The letters came from Jarrod Ramos, Sgt. Jacklyn Davis, a county police spokeswoman told The Washington Post Monday night and "were threatening in nature, but that's all we can release right now" about their content.

"I loved him dearly. Friends forever, Jarrod W. Ramos", the note read.

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

Former Capital editor and publisher Tom Marquardt said he learned of the letter during an urgent call he received on his way to a memorial for slain Capital assistant editor Rob Hiaasen. But it wasn't just his height that made the nickname ring true to those who knew him best.

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Hiaasen was honored with stories, poems, and songs.

Within about a minute of entering the newsroom in response to reports of a shooter, police found Ramos hiding beneath a desk, authorities said. He faces with five counts of first-degree murder.

"So why would the mayor of Annapolis say he was turned down with such a no-brainer request?"

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley asked President Trump to lower flags at half staff to honor the victims, but he claims the request got rejected.

Trump ordered American flags lowered after previous mass murders, such as for the 10 killed at Santa Fe (Texas) High School in May and the 17 killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in February, the paper said.

"Every day, we talk to people who don't want to make charges", Altomare said. "It's not as noticeable when a state flag is down but you still have your main flags at full mast", the mayor told reporters.

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The newspaper office is in a building with other businesses, and officials said about 170 people were escorted out safely.

In a joint statement, the groups say the tragedy "tears at our hearts, tugs at our compassion and calls fourth our fears for the safety of all those on the front lines of truth, accountability and journalistic pursuit".

Four journalists and a sales associate were killed in the attack on Thursday.

The existence of the letters was first reported on the websites for the Gazette and Baltimore Sun, which owns the Annapolis outlet.

Journalists at the publication spoke in the days since the shooting of their concerns about Ramos, whose campaign against the Capital Gazette lasted years. Ramos (38) appeared by video link from jail and did not speak during the proceedings. He was ordered held without bail on Friday. The public defender's office, which is representing Ramos, did not immediately respond to requests for comments.

"The Capital Gazette did not wish to pursue criminal charges", police said last Friday.

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