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Governor Brown Orders Flags Lowered to Half-Staff to Honor Annapolis Victims

The flags of Oregon's public institutions will dip on July 3 to honor the victims shot and killed at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland.

Posted: Jul. 3, 2018 11:42 AM

Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff immediately until sunset on July 3 in honor of the victims of the shooting in Annapolis, Maryland.

"As the nation grieves for the victims and those involved in the horrible shooting in Annapolis, we are also reminded of the important role played by the press and local reporters," Governor Kate Brown said. "The shooting is a tragic reminder of how common gun violence is in America, and a wake up call that action must be taken by Congress to keep our communities safer."

A gunman attacked the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis last week, killing five staff members.

Jarrod Ramos was apparently motivated by a longstanding grudge against the newspaper. Ramos had tried and failed on multiple occasions to sue the paper for defamation, after it published a column covering his guilty plea and conviction for harassment.

The White House also issued a national flag-order on Tuesday, and the full presidential proclamation is available here.

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