Trump orders flags be flown at half-staff five days after newspaper shooting

Carol Geithner left and Yasemin Jamison gather for a candlelight vigil

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley subsequently asked the White House to order the lowering of American flags.

Trump has previously ordered the flag be lowered to half-staff following the death of Barbara Bush, the shooting at a Sante Fe High School, the Parkland high school shooting, and the Las Vegas shooting.

The letter is dated Thursday, June 28, the same day prosecutors say Ramos, stormed into the paper's Annapolis newsroom with a shotgun, killing five employees and leaving two others wounded a few years after his unsuccessful defamation suit.

Tronc CEO and Chairman Justin Dearborn, said the victims would forever be remembered as "outstanding people and journalists who we will continue to honor".

Just one day after the mass shooting, Trump's reelection campaign sent out a press release attacking "the fake news media", The Pluralist news site reported.

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said the decision was made Monday night "as soon as the president heard about the request from the mayor".

The employees murdered in the attack included four journalists and a sales assistant.

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Journalists at the publication spoke in the days since the shooting of their concerns about Ramos, whose campaign against the Capital Gazette lasted years.

At a memorial service Monday night for one of those killed, editor Rob Hiassen, Marquardt said he once slept with a baseball bat by his bed because he was so anxious about Ramos.

The vigil came hours after accused gunman Jarrod Ramos was denied bail during a brief hearing in Anne Arundel County criminal court. The suspected shooter was arrested and has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder.

The alleged gunman in the Capital Gazette shooting Thursday mailed threatening letters before his rampage at the Annapolis newspaper, reports CBS Baltimore media partner The Baltimore Sun.

A court-appointed attorney for Ramos and the Office of the Public Defender had declined to comment Monday afternoon on Ramos's case because it is ongoing. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities overseas, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

The former classmate told Hartley that her online interactions with Ramos turned nasty in 2010, that he wrote things to her such as, "have another drink and go hang yourself, you cowardly little lush".

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