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Rob Hiaasen, the Capital Gazette editor and the brother of the writer Carl Hiaasen, under 5 newsroom shooting victims

Rob Hiaasen was allegedly identified as one of the five victims in Thursday’s shooting attack in Annapolis, Maryland.

(Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Rob Hiaasen, a Capital Gazette editor and the brother of the writer Carl Hiaasen, was identified Thursday night as one of the five people who died in the newsroom shooting in Annapolis, Md., as friends and colleagues pay tribute to the journalist.

“I just want people to know what an incredibly gentle, generous and talented man my brother was,” Carl Hiaasen told the Washington Post.

“He was an unforgettable, warm and uplifting presence as a father and brother,” the author said, adding that his brother “had also devoted his whole life to journalism.”

Rob Hiaasen was 59.

Reporter Joyce Koh tweeted word of Hiaasen’s death, adding that he is a “veteran columnist, editor and @merrillcollege deputy of the journalism teacher.”

Among those killed in #AnnapolisShooting was a veteran columnist, editor and @merrillcollege adjunct journalism teacher Rob Hiaasen pic.twitter.com/QuGvMPAOvC

— Joyce Koh (@JoyceKohTV) June 29, 2018

The Baltimore Sun, is the owner of the Annapolis paper, also confirmed his death.

Chase Cook, a reporter at Capital Gazette, shared his disbelief that his former colleague was among the victims.

I can’t believe he’s gone.

— Chase Cook (@chaseacook) June 29, 2018

“He called me this morning with the question about the cup of clarification. He was a great editor who made me a better reporter.”

Erin Cox, the Statehouse bureau chief and political reporter for the Baltimore Sun, shared her experiences with working with Hiaasen and described him a ” friend, a mentor, editor and a wonderful human being.” She said he was a father of three children, who often talked about his children and his dreams for them.”

This is the most heartbreaking part of it. Rob was a friend, a mentor, editor and a wonderful human being. A light went out today. I’m personally devastated, and the world of journalism lost a dedicated and beautiful soul. https://t.co/7J3cbHvOLK

— Erin Cox (@ErinatTheSun) June 29, 2018

Rob was also a father of three children, and he could talk for hours about how much he loved each of his children, what makes them unique, his dreams for them, and his utter enjoyment of the adults, they were still.

I know that I am injured after the loss of a friend. Think of his children.

— Erin Cox (@ErinatTheSun) June 29, 2018

The police named the four other victims at a press conference late Thursday night:

Wendi Winters was a community news reporter for the Newspaper who also wrote for several columns. According to her bio page, Winters is an award-winning journalist who had a background in public relations and wrote for a number of news outlets, including AP, before going to work in Maryland. She once owned her own boutique agency in New York.

Wendi Winters.

(Baltimore Sun Media Group)

John McNamara was a journalist who worked at the Gazette for more than 20 years.

John McNamara.

(Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Gerald Fischman wrote for the Capital Gazette’s editorials and edited in a weekend for the Sunday Capital.

Gerald Fischman.

(Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Rebecca Smith was a sales assistant for the Capital Gazette in the advertising department.

Shortly after the shooting, Cook tweeted: “I can tell you this: We put a damn paper tomorrow.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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