Current and former Capital Gazette staff members march in the Annapolis 4th of July parade in Annapolis, Md., Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

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Capital employees march in Annapolis Independence Day parade

July 05, 2018 - 7:13 am

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Staff from the Maryland newspaper where five employees were shot to death walked in the Fourth of July parade in Annapolis.

The Baltimore Sun reports that a few dozen current and former journalists from The Capital participated in the Wednesday evening parade, where they were greeted by supportive whistles, cheers and applause. Several staffers wore T-shirts reading "Journalism Matters," while others in the parade wore shirts that said, "Press On."

Capital editor Rick Hutzell says journalists are usually reporting on — not participating in — community events, but he thought it was the right thing for the staff to march this year.

Three current journalists led The Capital's group by carrying a blue banner with the newspaper's logo that photographer Paul Gillespie had found in his home.

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