McNamara had worked at the Capital Gazette in various capacities for more than 20 years.
“At a small paper like that, you have to be versatile,” former Capital Gazette sports editor Gerry Jackson told the newspaper. “He could write. He could edit. He could design pages. He was just a jack-of-all-trades and a fantastic person.”
The 56-year-old loved covering sports, and his interest in local history inspired him to write two books about University of Maryland’s football and basketball history.
He was working on another book about baseball players raised in the Washington area, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Before joining the Capital Gazette, McNamara worked at The Herald-Mail in Hagerstown, Maryland, according to his LinkedIn profile.
McNamara graduated from the University of Maryland in 1983. Along with his colleagues Hiaasen and Fischman, he was one of three victims with ties — either through graduation or through lecturing — to the university.
“We’re heartbroken,” Lucy Dalglish, dean of the university’s journalism college, said in a statement Thursday. “This was a senseless attack on journalists who worked hard to serve their community.
“We cannot stop thinking about our friends and colleagues in Annapolis and their families.”