Vigil for Capital Gazette planned for Saturday outside of Sun offices

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Organizers with the volunteer activist group Solidarity Maryland are planning to hold a vigil outside The Sun‘s N. Calvert Street offices Saturday night to honor the five people killed and the two injured at the Capital Gazette offices yesterday.

Baltimore Sun Media Group owns both The Sun and Capital Gazette Communications.

“Grieving as a community is a healthy expression of that emotion. The five people who were killed and the multiple people who were injured are members of the Annapolis and the Maryland communities,” Cristi Demnowicz, one of the organizers, wrote in an email. “They are mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and friends who put their heart and soul into their chosen profession of journalism. They did their job in order to keep the rest of us informed, which to me is one of the most noble things a person can do.

“We want people to know that it’s OK to be sad, it’s OK to be heartbroken and it’s OK to be furious that this act of terrorism was allowed to happen at one of our most sacred pillars of democracy.”

In addition to activist work, the volunteer group ran food and supplies to protesters in Standing Rock and to Texas after hurricanes hit the Gulf Coast in 2017. Solidarity Maryland wants the vigil to be a community-based event instead of something that’s agenda-driven.

Noting the close ties between the sister publications and The Sun‘s pending move from its N. Calvert Street home, Demnowicz said in a phone interview, “It just seems like it’s one thing after another for them right now.”

She went on to say: “I hope that they will get a sense that the community does support them and that we support the work that they do.”

Two vigils are planned in Annapolis tonight, according to The Sun, both examples of a larger showing of community and industry support. On Twitter, Sun enterprise editor Diana K. Sugg offered thanks to various news organizations that offered assistance, food or flowers.

Staffers from The Capital, who managed to put out this morning’s paper in the wake of an immense tragedy, are working out of the building on N. Calvert Street, where the Baltimore Sun Media Group is offering counseling and support services, CNN’s Brian Stelter reported.

A GoFundMe set up by Bloomberg Government reporter Madi Alexander to help Capital Gazette journalists in their time of need has raised more than $150,000. And tronc, the owner of Baltimore Sun Media Group, has established The Capital Gazette Families Fund to help with trauma counseling, funeral expenses, health costs not covered by insurance and other associated expenses.

And as many reporters posted on social media, a group of therapy dogs stopped by the newsroom today.

Tomorrow’s vigil will be from 8-9 p.m.

Brandon Weigel

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