Alabama lowers flags for victims of Maryland newspaper shooting

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey ordered American flags to be lowered to half-staff to honor the victims of a deadly shooting last week at an Annapolis, Md., newspaper.

According to the Associated Press, Ivey’s office issued a statement saying flags will be lowered through sunset Tuesday in honor of the five people  —- four reporters and one supporting staff member — who were killed at the Capital Gazette last week.

Ivey’s announcement followed President Donald Trump‘s requesting all flags — on public buildings, military posts, naval vessels, embassies abroad and other locations — be lowered nationwide until sunset Tuesday evening.

“Our nation shares the sorrow of those affected by the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. 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,” stated the proclamation from Trump.