There Are No Words

At the end of the day, our stories are our most valuable possessions. They connect us to others; they explain who we are.

So it makes sense that throughout human history, storytellers have held a special place. They kept our stories alive first by passing them down generation to generation, then through the written word, and finally, in more modern times, by typing them and publishing them in books, in newspapers and on the Internet.

When five journalists were shot and killed in The Capital Gazette newsroom on Thursday, June 28, for publishing the truth about a stalker, it was an unspeakable tragedy. Many said they had no words.

Editor and feature writer Rob Hiaasen, 59; feature writer Wendi Winters, 65; editorial page editor Gerald Fischman, 61; editor and sports writer John McNamara, 56; and sales assistant Rebecca Smith, 34 were all, in their different ways, our storytellers.

These journalists told the stories of their communities in and around Annapolis. They were part of those communities, and they told the communities’ stories because they cared.

It is a great loss.