Flags at half-staff to honor victims of Maryland newspaper 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 Md

The White House permitted Annapolis mayor Gavin Buckley to lower US flags on federal buildings to half-staff Tuesday in remembrance of the mass shooting at The Capital last week after Buckley said it denied his initial request.

The order comes after Annapolis mayor Gavin Buckley said on Monday that Mr Trump had declined his request to lower the flags.

According to FOX News, Sanders would not say how the request was originally denied but said that when Trump heard that Buckley wanted to reach out directly to him he "immediately" ordered the flags lowered.

Our Nation shares the sorrow of those affected by the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.

She said that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders spoke with Buckley both Monday night and Tuesday morning to alert him to the decision.

In an interview earlier Monday with the Capital newspaper, Buckley said he was disappointed to hear that his request would not be honored. Trump then issued a proclamation ordering flags lowered to half-staff nationwide.

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"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".

In a statement given to The Baltimore Sun, Buckley wondered why his town's tragedy wasn't given the same respect. "It's just as important as any other tragedy".

Before receiving a call from Sanders, Buckley said his understanding was that the request had been denied.

"I'm glad President Obama followed my lead and lowered the flags half-staff".

The accused gunman in the attack has been charged with five counts of murder for the shooting deaths of editorial page editor Gerald Fischman; Rob Hiaasen, an assistant editor, Sunday columnist and brother of author and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen; sports reporter John McNamara; sales assistant Rebecca Smith; and editor and community reporter Wendi Winters.

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