Josh McKerrow, left, and Pat Furgurson worked on today’s edition of The Capital Gazette in a parking garage after a gunman attacked their newsroom in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday, killing five of their colleagues. A suspect is in custody. Nate Pesce for The New York Times

June 29, 2018

Dear VPA Colleagues,

The tragic deaths of our colleagues in Annapolis has left us grief stricken and horrified.

We remind each of you: Your grit, determination, and dedication to journalism — from the pressroom to the mailroom to the newsroom — are critical to Virginia and beyond, and critical to fundamental democracy.

Today, we share the words of a Virginia newspaper reader, in support of what you do.

“I want to thank you all for continuing to report the news as it needs to be reported, in spite of the threats and dangers,” she said. “You all are called to tell the truth and yes, that can make people react in violent ways. In today’s world, you are called to report the truth, which is being turned against the people. We cannot let those who threaten and demean the truth win. Prayers for all of you who stand up for truth.”

We value your contributions beyond measure. If you would like, please use this ad in your paper to express solidarity to the Capital Gazette.

With Kindest Regards,

The VPA Board of Directors and Staff

The five victims of the shooting at the Capital Gazette.