08 Jul '18, 8am

Family and friends remember slain journalist and military mom as 'American hero'

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Wendi Winters stood as soon as she heard the bangs. A man with a gun had shattered the glass doors leading to the newsroom of the Capital Gazette and was shooting at her colleagues, many of whom dropped to the floor or dove under their desks. Not Winters. Grabbing the trash can and recycling bin she kept by her desk, she ran toward the man and yelled at him to stop — distracting him long enough to allow some of her colleagues to escape. Of the 11 people in the room that day, six survived. "In an act of extraordinary courage, she gave her heart and she gave her last breath and she gave her final eight pints of blood to the defense of the free press and in defense of her family at the Capital," Winters' son Phoneix Geimer told a crowd of more than 700 family members, co-workers and friends gathered on Saturday in the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts to ce...

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