Sportswriter John McNamara was one of five people killed Thursday when a gunman opened fired in the offices of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md. McNamara was a Maryland alum and covered the Terps for decades.
Maryland’s athletic department issued a statement mourning the loss of McNamara after the shooting.
Maryland athletics mourns the death of Capital Gazette sportswriter John McNamara
Mourning the loss of a friend, a Terp and a wonderful writer, John McNamara. pic.twitter.com/8KjC3OTd8s
— Maryland Terrapins (@umterps) June 29, 2018
“The entire Maryland family is saddened by the loss of John McNamara (’83), who joyously covered the Terps for decades. John was ingrained in the fabric of Maryland athletics, effortlessly interweaving the school’s finest events on the basketball court and on the football field through his books and stories. John will never be forgotten. John will always be a Terp.”
The Baltimore Sun wrote a piece remembering McNamara, 56, as a sportswriter who loved his job. In addition to writing for the Capital Gazette, McNamara penned two books about Maryland sports.
“He was a loyal friend with an infectious laugh, and he was a willing mentor for young journalists,” Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Barker said. “In other words, he never allowed his professional distance to detract from just being a thoroughly decent person.”