Memorial to be dedicated on anniversary of Capital Gazette newspaper attack


FILE – In this June 29, 2018, file photo, pictures of five employees of the Capital Gazette newspaper adorn candles during a vigil across the street from where they were slain in the newsroom in Annapolis, Md. A jury was selected on Friday, June 25, 2021, for the second phase of a trial for a man who killed the five people at the newspaper to decide whether he is criminally responsible due to his mental health. Jarrod Ramos pleaded guilty in 2019 to all 23 counts against him in the attack at the Capital Gazette nearly three years ago, but he has pleaded that he is not criminally responsible due to mental illness. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NewsNation Now) — A memorial in remembrance of the five people who died in a mass shooting at a Maryland newspaper is being dedicated on Monday, the third anniversary of the attack.

A memorial titled “Guardians of the First Amendment” will be dedicated at the event. It includes five pillars to represent the five lives lost in the shooting. Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters died in the attack.

Loved ones are scheduled to attend the event at an Annapolis park, along with local officials. Author and journalist David Simon is expected to attend.

The memorial includes a rounded brick edifice, which will hold a panel showing the First Amendment.

Gunman Jarrod Ramos pleaded guilty to all 23 counts against him in October 2019, but he says he’s not criminally responsible due to mental illness.

Opening statements in the second phase of the trial are scheduled for Tuesday to determine whether Ramos should be sentenced to prison or committed to a maximum-security psychiatric hospital.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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