ANNAPOLIS, MD (CelebrityAccess) — Maryland-based rock band Good Charlotte has been tapped to headline a concert honoring five Capital Gazette employees who were killed in an attack on their newsroom on June 28th.
According to the Capital-Gazette, the “Annapolis Rising: A Benefit for The Capital Gazette and Free Press” will take place on July 28th and include live music performances, as well as guest speakers from the journalism community.
The benefit concert will take place at a stage erected on College Avenue with the Maryland State House in the background. Proceeds from the concert will benefit a fund to assist the victims of the attack and their survivors.
Five Capital-Gazette were killed after a gunman shot his way into the paper’s newsroom on June 28th leaving employees John McNamara, Wendi Winters, Rob Hiaasen, Rebecca Smith and Gerald Fischman dead. Police say the alleged gunman Jarrod Ramos had a long-standing grudge against the newspaper.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Good Charlotte members Joel and Benji Madden said they were proud to be able to help with the event in their home state. While the Madden brothers now reside in Los Angeles, the pair originally hailed from Waldorf, Maryland.
“I feel everything starts at home, it starts in your community and this is the place in Maryland that we come from. This is the place we go back to. We feel very, very deeply connected to Annapolis and it’s a very important place to us. It’s very important for us to show up for the city,” Joel Madden told the AP.