ANNAPOLIS, Md.: The historic state capital of Annapolis is draped in grief from a shooting attack on the local newspaper, which killed journalists who chronicled soccer games, art exhibits and the fabric of small-city life.

A sign outside the Annapolis Bookstore, a block from the Maryland State House, starkly expresses the depth of sorrow many are feeling in this quaint waterside capital of about 40,000 near the Chesapeake Bay. “There are no words,” it says.

With the area’s weekly sailboat races and picturesque downtown, residents were settling into summer’s languid rhythms when the shooting shattered the usual tranquility. In a quiet town where the incoming class of the U.S. Naval Academy just arrived last week and residents take pride in a rich colonial legacy, the shooting at the Capital Gazette that claimed five lives opens a new chapter in its history.

More than 1,000 people streamed through Annapolis on Friday evening to remember the victims

“It feels so personal,” said Mary Adams, who owns Annapolis Bookstore and knew two victims.

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson, who was a journalist at the Baltimore Sun for 15 years, made the sadness a focus of his sermon at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis on Saturday. He highlighted journalism as a force to comfort the afflicted.

“I think our community now joins so many others in feeling this intense harm that has been done to us,” Thompson said after the service.

Adams knew Wendi Winters, the paper’s special projects editor. She also knew Assistant Managing Editor Rob Hiaasen, also among the dead. The others killed in Thursday’s rampage were editorial page editor Gerald Fischman, reporter John McNamara and sales assistant Rebecca Smith.

Jarrod W. Ramos has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder. Authorities say he had a longtime grudge against the paper.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was born in Tennessee but raised in Annapolis and has strong ties from when his father was an assistant coach at Navy.

“My family and I have enjoyed special relationships with many great people who have worked for the newspaper,” Belichick said. “My heart goes out to ... the entire Annapolis community.”

Steve Samaras, who owns Zachary’s Jewelers on Main Street, said he attended a vigil Friday with his 12-year-old niece. He said she already was grappling with consequences of gun violence, because her friend attended Marjory Stone Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people died in a shooting in February.

“She said ‘Uncle Steven, I’m scared.’ What do you tell a 12-year-old kid? What do you tell any child?” he said.