On June 28, a gunman broke into the office of The Capital Gazette in Annapolis and opened fire, killing five people. Three of them had deep ties to the University of Maryland: Rob Hiaasen, a journalism lecturer, and Gerald Fischman and John McNamara, both university and Diamondback alumni.
The shooting shook the university community, and hundreds of mourners flocked to memorial services at the university’s Memorial Chapel and an Owings Mills nature center. In the wake of heartbreak, The Capital Gazette’s owner endowed a scholarship fund for journalism students at the university.
Below is The Diamondback’s complete coverage of the shooting and its fallout.
Last updated: Aug. 18, 2018
An honorary Maryland basketball jersey for McNamara featured prominently at the service.
By Iris Vukmanovic | Published July 11, 2018
The service will begin at 1 p.m. at the Judean Memorial Gardens in Olney.
By Angela Roberts | Published July 4, 2018
Former coworker Kevin Cowherd said Hiaasen was “a big man who needed to laugh the way he needed oxygen.”
By Iris Vukmanovic | Published July 3, 2018
The service is set for July 10 from 10 a.m. to noon.
By Angela Roberts | Published July 2, 2018
It is aimed at honoring the victims of the shooting at the paper’s newsroom.
By Leah Brennan | Published July 1, 2018
Hiaasen was adored by his first and last class of college students.
By Jack Roscoe | Published June 29, 2018
Fischman worked for more than 25 years as an editorial writer and editorial page editor.
By Arya Hodjat | Published June 29, 2018
McNamara covered Maryland sports for more than 20 years.
By Brooks DuBose | Published June 29, 2018
Both Fischman and McNamara worked for The Diamondback.
By Jillian Atelsek | Published June 28, 2018
Hiaasen taught one class of JOUR320 in the spring.
By Leah Brennan | Published June 28, 2018