Church bells toll 26 times to honour Sandy Hook victims

Published: 22 December, 2012 08:24 IST | Agencies |

The chiming of bells reverberated throughout Newtown yesterday, commemorating one week since the crackle of gunfire in a schoolhouse killed 20 children and six adults in a massacre that has shaken the community � and the nation � to its core.

 Dannel P Malloy gathered with other officials on the steps of the town hall as the bell rang 26 times in memory of each life lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Fallen angels: Pictures of victims of the school shooting are seen on roses at a roadside memorial in Newtown. Pic/AFP

The gunman also killed his mother before the massacre, and himself afterward.

Officials didn’t plan any formal remarks on Friday morning, when similar commemorations were planned throughout the country.

The White House said US President Barack Obama would privately observe the moment of silence.

Governors across the country also called for a moment of silence at 9:30 am (local time).

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed an executive order for a statewide moment of silence for the victims of the shooting.

Christie wanted the citizens of New Jersey to reflect on the 20 children and six educators killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School one week ago.

Christie said Americans owe it to the children killed to have a thoughtful conversation about gun control, mental illness and other issues.

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