ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – Maryland will award $ 300,000 to build a memorial honoring the victims of a deadly shooting at a newspaper office.
The state plans to award the funds next week for a memorial that will be located in an Annapolis park and pay tribute to murdered Capital Gazette employees John McNamara, Gerald Fischman, Wendi Winters, Rob Hiaasen and Rebecca Smith the newspaper reported.
The memorial, called “Guardians of Free Speech”, will contain five pillars for the text of the first amendment carved in stone, the newspaper said.
The project will be unveiled in June 2021 on the three-year anniversary of the shooting, with authorities saying a man with a history of harassing people at the newspaper burst into the Annapolis editorial and opened fire.
Jarrod Ramos pleaded guilty to the murders.
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