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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick releases statement after deadly shooting at Capital Gazette newspaper

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The Annapolis native released a statement after Thursday’s shooting.

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“This is home,” said Bill Belichick during an interview last offseason about Annapolis, Maryland. While he and his family have lived in New England for the last 18 years, the Patriots’ head coach still has a close bond to the town he grew up in – particularly to the Naval Academy: Belichick’s father Steve was a long-time assistant coach and scout at Navy and is buried on the school’s cemetery; his mother who is living in a day care center in the region will be too one day.

Belichick grew up around the Naval Academy, which also houses the Belichick Collection of more than 400 football books, and never cut his ties with the school and its environment – one that includes the Capital Gazette. On Thursday, the newspaper was the target of a violent attack that claimed the lives of five reporters. On Friday, Belichick released the following statement about the shooting:

For my entire life, The Capital has been my hometown newspaper. My family and I have enjoyed special relationships with many great people who have worked for the newspaper. My heart goes out to the victims, their families and the entire Annapolis community for this terrible and senseless tragedy.

Five writers were left dead after the shooting and left multiple others injured. Despite the incident, the Capital Gazette continued operations and published another paper the very next day – keeping up its tradition as one of the oldest daily newspapers in the United States, which has served the people of Annapolis for the last 134 years.