A former publisher at a Maryland newspaper says she treated threats from a man charged with killing five employees "incredibly seriously" after he first made them several years ago. In 2011, the paper had reported on a criminal harassment case against Ramos related to his stalking a former classmate on Facebook. Carl Hiaasen said he was "devastated and heartsick" at losing his brother, "one of the most gentle and amusing people I've ever known". Also in 2011, a peace order - an order issued by a judge to stay away from someone and to avoid contacting them - was filed against Ramos.
Carol Geithner, left, and Yasemin Jamison gather for a candlelight vigil.
Melissa Wilson, who came to the vigil with her husband, Benjamin, their 9-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son, said many Annapolis residents have "one degree of separation" from at least one victim.
"I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the courageous journalists who stepped up to cover such a hard and personal news story", Dearborn wrote. He emailed her company and tried to get her fired. "For one woman, that experience turned into a yearlong nightmare", Hartley wrote. He brought a legal case against the paper for harming his reputation which was thrown out in 2012.
The judge quickly dismissed his case. "The malice dripped off this man in court", he said.
He was sacked in 2014 from his federal government contract job as a help desk specialist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics because he posed "security suitability concerns", according to court documents obtained by CNN.
After his suit was tossed out of court in 2013, Capital Gazette attorneys and officials alerted police about "frank comments" online by Ramos directed at the newspaper and its journalists, Altomare told the briefing.
When I called before Shabbat to tell her I was thinking of her and her family, she told me they were all still numb from the shock, that several of the victims were known and admired by just about everyone in town, and that her son came home that terrible night dreading going to five funerals.
A detective concluded he was no threat, and the paper didn't want to press charges for fear of "putting a stick in a beehive".
She has proposed legislation in the House that includes a $20-million-a-year grant to assist state and local law enforcement in cybercrimes training and a $4-million-a-year grant to establish a National Resource Center on Cybercrimes Against Individuals that would provide departments technical assistance.
Ramos hadn't posted on the account since January 2016, but just moments before the shooting on Thursday, a message was posted: "F-- you, leave me alone".
In the days after the Capital Gazette attack, musicians have paid tribute to the victims. The shootings are believed to be the deadliest attack on journalists in the United States.
Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder on Friday, June 29, 2018. He was denied bail.
More than 1,000 people have streamed through Maryland's capital to honor five people slain in a newspaper office, quietly clutching candles or hoisting #AnnapolisStrong signs.
The Capital's front page on Friday carried the story and photos of the slain staff while the op-ed page was left nearly entirely blank in honour of the deceased employees.
In a letter released by the Annapolis newspaper on Sunday, staff members thanked readers for their support following the attack but also said they could not forget President Trump singling out the media as "the enemy of the people".