Trump agrees to Australian mayor's request to lower flags for shooting victims

Carol Geithner left and Yasemin Jamison gather for a candlelight vigil

President Trump has ordered USA flags to be lowered to half-staff as "a mark of solemn respect" for the four journalists and a newspaper sales representative killed last week at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Md. Buckley was informed Monday afternoon of the decision, even though Gov. Larry Hogan (R) had ordered Maryland state flags lowered from Friday through Monday and Trump had previously ordered flags lowered for other victims of mass shootings.

Four journalists and a sales associate were killed in the attack Thursday that police said was carried out by Jarrod Ramos, who had threatened employees of the paper before.

The American Society of News Editors and The Associated Press Media Editors are asking newsrooms around the world to join in a moment of silence to honor the five employees who were killed last week at the Capital Gazette newspaper. President Donald Trump ordered flags flown at half-staff on federal property through sunset.

Hundreds of people gathered on Friday evening to remember the five people gunned down at a community newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland, one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in USA history. By comparison, the shootings at the Annapolis newspaper killed 5. Acting Police Chief William Krampf of Anne Arundel County says it was a targeted attack in which the gunman "looked for his victims".

A makeshift memorial is seen at the scene outside the office building housing The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., on Sunday. Buckley told the paper. He has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder and is being held without bail.

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The former classmate told Hartley that her online interactions with Ramos turned nasty in 2010, that he wrote things to her such as, "have another drink and go hang yourself, you cowardly little lush". She alleged he began cyberstallking her years earlier - repeatedly sending her aggressive private messages, harassing her therapist for information and contacting her employer to tell them she was "a bipolar drunkard leading a double life", which she said cost her her job. He was fatally shot last week at the Capital Gazette along with colleagues Gerald Fischman, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters.

Buckley says he considered lowering the flags on his own, but chose to follow protocol.

He says he wants people to remember what happened.

The White House has not yet offered a comment regarding Trump's refusal to lower the flags in memory if the slain newspaper reporters, the Capital Gazette reported.

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