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The letter opened with a simple, two-word message: “Thank you.”
Thank you for the outpouring of sympathy for the terrible tragedy that took place Thursday in our Annapolis office.
We will never forget Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, Wendi Winters, John McNamara or Rebecca Smith, our five co-workers who were gunned down in a senseless attack.
The staff of the paper offered a heartfelt thank you to those who offered an “outpouring of sympathy” and vowed to never forget its “five co-workers who were gunned down in a senseless attack.”
Then the letter took on a different tone.
“Here's what else we won't forget," the letter read. ”[...] We won’t forget being called an enemy of the people."
The letter also mentioned death threats to the surviving members of the paper, along with messages celebrating the murder of the five reporters.
According to the Capital Gazette, several people called for Selene San Felice, a reporter for the paper, to be fired after she cursed in a live interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper after the shooting.
Watch the interview below, via CNN:
“I’ve heard that Pres. Trump sent his prayers. I’m not trying to make this political right? But we need more than prayers… I want your prayers but I want something else.”
Capital Gazette writer Selene San Felice says her life has been “shattered” after witnessing the attack pic.twitter.com/mUwVZBjpmo
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) June 29, 2018
President Donald Trump tweeted his “thoughts and prayers” to the victims and their families before leaving for meetings in Wisconsin.
Prior to departing Wisconsin, I was briefed on the shooting at Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Thank you to all of the First Responders who are currently on the scene.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2018
“We are not the enemy of the people,” the staff of the Capital Gazette wrote. “We are your neighbors, your friends. We are you.”
The letter ended on a bittersweet note, acknowledged that the staff knew it “[would] never be the same.” However, the Capital Gazette encouraged its readers to “keep reading” because it has “only just begun.”