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Italian artist honors Capital Gazette shooting victims in drawings

Gianluca Costantini, an Italian artist and cartoonist, felt disturbed when he learned about Thursday’s deadly attack at the Capital Gazette.

So, as a tribute to the slain, Constantini hoped to immortalize them.

“Often people murdered are very quickly forgotten, but drawings are able to keep time and memory apart,” the artist and activist wrote in an email. “With my drawings I wanted to be aside with The Capital crew.”

Constantini, who wrote that he is dyslexic and has trouble with foreign languages, said he finds it easier to communicate with images than with words.

Each of his drawings depicts one of the five victims of Thursday’s attack: editor and columnist Rob Hiaasen, 59; Wendi Winters, 65, a community correspondent who headed special publications; editorial page editor Gerald Fischman, 61; sports writer John McNamara, 56; and Rebecca Smith, 34, a sales assistant.

Scrawled next to the black portrait of each victim, Constantini wrote “he believed profoundly in the craft” in red. Author and columnist Carl Hiaasen used the phrase in remembering his brother, telling the Associated Press, “he believed profoundly in the craft and mission of serving the public’s right to know the news.”

“We are all craftsmen somehow,” Costantini wrote.

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