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Orioles create touching press box memorial for Capital Gazette shooting victims

A memorial for the five Capital Gazette employees killed during Thursday’s mass shooting is displayed in the Camden Yards press box. (AP)

There was a feeling of emptiness at Camden Yards before the Baltimore Orioles hosted the Los Angeles Angels Friday night. It was accentuated by the press box chair that remained empty once the teams took the field.

It was the spot where everyone knew they’d find John McNamara. The 56-year-old writer regularly covered Orioles home games for the Capital Gazette. It was one of his cherished assignments as part of what he considered a dream job.

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Sadly, that dream ended on Thursday. McNamara was one of five Capital Gazette employees killed when a gunman opened fire in their newsroom.

Before Friday’s game, the Orioles honored McNamara and the four other victims — Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, Wendi Winters and Rebecca Smith — with a moment of silence and a message of remembrance for five lives cut tragically and senselessly short. 


Press box memorial

As part of their tribute, the Orioles displayed a touching memorial at the spot where McNamara frequently watched Orioles baseball and practiced his respected writing style. The team placed a bouquet of white lilies and a copy of Friday’s Capital Gazette in the spot where his computer would usually sit.


The display is meant to honor each of the five victims.

McNamara was the one most familiar to the baseball and sports community, and certainly to those he’s shared a press box with over the last three decades. His loss has been felt on a personal level by those he worked closely with.



Baseball and life go on. But like the Orioles, we extend heartfelt condolences to the family members, colleagues and friends of all five victims.

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