Trump orders flags to half-staff in honor of Capital Gazette shooting victims

President Donald Trump ordered flags flown at half-staff at federal buildings on Tuesday in honor of the Capital Gazette shooting victims.

“Our Nation shares the sorrow of those affected by the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland,” Trump’s Tuesday proclamation reads. “Americans across the country are united in calling upon God to be with the victims and to bring aid and comfort to their families and friends.”

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley told The Baltimore Sun on Monday that Trump had denied his request for flags to be flown at half-staff in wake of the mass shooting in Annapolis, Maryland, that killed five newspaper staffers.

These are the victims of the attack: 

Victims of the Capital Gazette shooting
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Victims of the Capital Gazette shooting
Candles representing the slain journalists of Capital Gazette sit on display during a candlelight vigil held near the Capital Gazette, the day after a gunman killed five people inside the newspaper's building in Annapolis, Maryland, U.S., June 29, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
Robert Hiaasen, 59, assistant editor
Rebecca Smith, 34, sales assistant
Gerald Fischman, 61, editorial writer
John McNamara, 56, reporter 
Wendi Winters, 65, local news reporter
A woman holds a copy of the Capital Gazette during a candlelight vigil to honor the five people who were killed inside the Capital Gazette newspaper the day before in Annapolis, Maryland, U.S. June 29, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
ANNAPOLIS, MD - JULY 02: Beads, a wooden heart and flowers decorate a photograph of Wendi Winters at a makeshift memorial outside the Capitol Gazette offices July 2, 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland. Winters, 65, a local news reporter and community columnist, was killed in a shooting along with her colleagues Gerald Fischman, 61, an editorial editor; Rob Hiaasen, 59, an editor and columnist; John McNamara, 56, a sports reporter and editor; and Rebecca Smith, 34, a sales assistant. Police arrested Jarrod Ramos, 38, in the paper's newsroom and he is being held without bond on five counts of murder. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump decided Monday night to lower flags “as soon as the president heard about the request from the mayor,” White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told the Washington Post. 

Trump ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in February after the Parkland, Florida, high school mass shooting that left 17 people dead, and in May after a shooting at Sante Fe High School in Texas killed 10 people.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Friday ordered state flags to be flown at half-staff to honor the Capital Gazette victims.

“With the lowering of the Maryland flag, we honor the dedicated journalists of our hometown newspaper in our state’s capital,” the governor said in a statement. “To the family, friends, and colleagues at the Capital Gazette and its parent company, the Baltimore Sun, you have the deepest sympathies of a state in mourning.”

Presidents usually lower federal flags following the death of former presidents and service members, or other national tragedies.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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