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Erica Simmons rings the campus bell at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, during a nationwide commemoration Friday, December 21, marking a week since the Newtown, Connecticut, mass shooting. Church bells rang out across the country at 9:30 ET Friday to remember those who died in the gun rampage.Erica Simmons rings the campus bell at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, during a nationwide commemoration Friday, December 21, marking a week since the Newtown, Connecticut, mass shooting. Church bells rang out across the country at 9:30 ET Friday to remember those who died in the gun rampage.

A woman pauses at a streetside memorial during a moment of silence on December 21 in Newtown.A woman pauses at a streetside memorial during a moment of silence on December 21 in Newtown.

Connecticut State Police block the road to Sandy Hook Elementary School during a moment of silence on December 21. A week ago, a gunman forced his way into the school and shot and killed 26 people, including 20 children.Connecticut State Police block the road to Sandy Hook Elementary School during a moment of silence on December 21. A week ago, a gunman forced his way into the school and shot and killed 26 people, including 20 children.

A woman bows her head in Newtown's Sandy Hook village on December 21.A woman bows her head in Newtown’s Sandy Hook village on December 21.

People observe a moment of silence for the school shooting victims at the Blue Colony Diner in Newtown on December 21.People observe a moment of silence for the school shooting victims at the Blue Colony Diner in Newtown on December 21.

Children in Newtown, excluding Sandy Hook Elementary, return to classes on Tuesday, December 18, four days after the shooting at the elementary school.Children in Newtown, excluding Sandy Hook Elementary, return to classes on Tuesday, December 18, four days after the shooting at the elementary school.

 U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, D-Rhode Island, holds a news conference with the Brady Campaign to discuss gun violence. In attendance with the Brady Campaign were several survivors of gun violence and family members of victims of gun violence. U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, D-Rhode Island, holds a news conference with the Brady Campaign to discuss gun violence. In attendance with the Brady Campaign were several survivors of gun violence and family members of victims of gun violence.

Members of the human rights group Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption light candles showing the names of those killed during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, during a prayer vigil in front of the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines on December 18.Members of the human rights group Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption light candles showing the names of those killed during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, during a prayer vigil in front of the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines on December 18.

Children light candles to pay their respects to the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting at the main square in Tirana, Albania, on Monday, December 17. The deadly gun rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School has provoked strong reactions from around the world.Children light candles to pay their respects to the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting at the main square in Tirana, Albania, on Monday, December 17. The deadly gun rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School has provoked strong reactions from around the world.

Protesters march on the National Rifle Association's Capitol Hill lobbyist offices in Washington on December 17.Protesters march on the National Rifle Association’s Capitol Hill lobbyist offices in Washington on December 17.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks out for stronger gun control at a press conference at City Hall on December 17. Bloomberg, co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, was joined by victims and survivors of gun violence.New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks out for stronger gun control at a press conference at City Hall on December 17. Bloomberg, co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, was joined by victims and survivors of gun violence.

Chris Foye, whose son Chris Owens was killed by a stray bullet in 2009, stands with other survivors and family members of gun violence at Bloomberg's press conference on December 17 in New York.Chris Foye, whose son Chris Owens was killed by a stray bullet in 2009, stands with other survivors and family members of gun violence at Bloomberg’s press conference on December 17 in New York.

People pay their respects on December 17 at a makeshift shrine in Newtown to the victims of Friday's elementary school shooting. Funerals began Monday in the Connecticut town.People pay their respects on December 17 at a makeshift shrine in Newtown to the victims of Friday’s elementary school shooting. Funerals began Monday in the Connecticut town.

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange hold a moment of silence on December 17 in honor of the shooting victims.Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange hold a moment of silence on December 17 in honor of the shooting victims.

Young people mourn at Newtown High School before a memorial service attended by President Obama on Sunday, December 16.Young people mourn at Newtown High School before a memorial service attended by President Obama on Sunday, December 16.

President Barack Obama waits to speak at an interfaith vigil for the shooting victims from Sandy Hook Elementary School December 16 at Newtown High School.President Barack Obama waits to speak at an interfaith vigil for the shooting victims from Sandy Hook Elementary School December 16 at Newtown High School.

Mourners comfort one another December 16 before U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at an interfaith vigil for the shooting victims.Mourners comfort one another December 16 before U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at an interfaith vigil for the shooting victims.

Two women embrace before the interfaith vigil at Newtown High School on Sunday evening. Two women embrace before the interfaith vigil at Newtown High School on Sunday evening.

From left: Newtown residents Claire Swanson, Kate Suba, Jaden Albrecht, Simran Chand and New London, Connecticut, residents Rachel Pullen and her son, Landon DeCecco, hold candles at a memorial for victims on Sunday, December 16, in Newtown, Connecticut. From left: Newtown residents Claire Swanson, Kate Suba, Jaden Albrecht, Simran Chand and New London, Connecticut, residents Rachel Pullen and her son, Landon DeCecco, hold candles at a memorial for victims on Sunday, December 16, in Newtown, Connecticut.

A young boy walks past Christmas trees set up at a makeshift shrine to the shooting victims in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 16.A young boy walks past Christmas trees set up at a makeshift shrine to the shooting victims in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 16.

Ty Diaz is kissed by his mother, Yvette, at a memorial down the street from Sandy Hook on December 16.Ty Diaz is kissed by his mother, Yvette, at a memorial down the street from Sandy Hook on December 16.

Teddy bears, flowers and candles in memory of those killed are left at a memorial down the street from the school on December 16.Teddy bears, flowers and candles in memory of those killed are left at a memorial down the street from the school on December 16.

Two teenagers embrace at a makeshift shrine to the victims in Newtown on December 16.Two teenagers embrace at a makeshift shrine to the victims in Newtown on December 16.

Nuns pay their respects at a makeshift shrine to the victims on December 16.Nuns pay their respects at a makeshift shrine to the victims on December 16.

Members of Sisters of Christian Charity go to lay flowers in front of the Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 16 in Newtown.Members of Sisters of Christian Charity go to lay flowers in front of the Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 16 in Newtown.

A woman receives a hug as she leaves morning service December 16 at Trinity Church in Newtown near the elementary school.A woman receives a hug as she leaves morning service December 16 at Trinity Church in Newtown near the elementary school.

Parishioners pay their respects to the victims of the elementary school shooting while attending Mass at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown on December 16. Parishioners pay their respects to the victims of the elementary school shooting while attending Mass at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown on December 16.

Police officers honor the victims of the school shooting at the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church on December 16 in Newtown.Police officers honor the victims of the school shooting at the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church on December 16 in Newtown.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have a moment of silence in honor of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims before their game against the Miami Dolphins on December 16. The Jacksonville Jaguars have a moment of silence in honor of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims before their game against the Miami Dolphins on December 16.

A parishioner kneels in front of a makeshift memorial at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown on December 16.A parishioner kneels in front of a makeshift memorial at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown on December 16.

A police officer removes flowers from a busy intersection on December 16 in Newtown. Police said they were afraid the memorial, left for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, would cause a traffic hazard. A police officer removes flowers from a busy intersection on December 16 in Newtown. Police said they were afraid the memorial, left for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, would cause a traffic hazard.

A woman hugs her daughter on the steps of Trinity Church on December 16 in Newtown.A woman hugs her daughter on the steps of Trinity Church on December 16 in Newtown.

Angel wood cutouts for each of the 27 victims are set up on hillside in Newtown on December 16.Angel wood cutouts for each of the 27 victims are set up on hillside in Newtown on December 16.

People in Bangalore, India, hold cards and photographs of the slain at a candlelight vigil outside a Catholic church on December 16.People in Bangalore, India, hold cards and photographs of the slain at a candlelight vigil outside a Catholic church on December 16.

J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans shows his glove in remembrance of the victims before the start of a game against the Indianapolis Colts on December 16 in Houston. J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans shows his glove in remembrance of the victims before the start of a game against the Indianapolis Colts on December 16 in Houston.

Donna Soto, right, mother of Victoria Soto, the first-grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who was shot and killed while protecting her students, hugs her daughter Karly while mourning their loss at a candlelight memorial at Stratford High School on Saturday, December 15, in Stratford, Connecticut.Donna Soto, right, mother of Victoria Soto, the first-grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who was shot and killed while protecting her students, hugs her daughter Karly while mourning their loss at a candlelight memorial at Stratford High School on Saturday, December 15, in Stratford, Connecticut.

Firefighters kneel to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial near the school in Newtown on Saturday.Firefighters kneel to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial near the school in Newtown on Saturday.

A child lights a candle at a memorial filled with flowers, stuffed toys and candles outside of Saint Rose of Lima Church near Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Saturday.A child lights a candle at a memorial filled with flowers, stuffed toys and candles outside of Saint Rose of Lima Church near Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Saturday.

Candles light up a memorial outside of Saint Rose of Lima Church in Newtown.Candles light up a memorial outside of Saint Rose of Lima Church in Newtown.

Candles burn next to a lighted tree at a makeshift shrine in Newtown.Candles burn next to a lighted tree at a makeshift shrine in Newtown.

Lucas, Kelly and Michael DaSilva pray and embrace at a makeshift memorial near the school in Newtown.Lucas, Kelly and Michael DaSilva pray and embrace at a makeshift memorial near the school in Newtown.

People are overcome with emotion Saturday at a makeshift memorial near Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.People are overcome with emotion Saturday at a makeshift memorial near Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

Residents arrive Saturday to pay tribute to the victims of an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.Residents arrive Saturday to pay tribute to the victims of an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

A couple carry balloons to place at a curbside shrine to in Newtown on Saturday.A couple carry balloons to place at a curbside shrine to in Newtown on Saturday.

A mother and daughter attend a prayer service at St. John's Episcopal Church in Newtown on Saturday.A mother and daughter attend a prayer service at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Newtown on Saturday.

Flowers and signs of sympathy adorn the street leading to Sandy Hook Elementary School.Flowers and signs of sympathy adorn the street leading to Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Claudia Urbiana and daughter Jocelyne Cardenas, left, hug outside of the entrance to the Sandy Hook school.Claudia Urbiana and daughter Jocelyne Cardenas, left, hug outside of the entrance to the Sandy Hook school.

A makeshift memorial with flowers, stuffed toys and candles sit outside Saint Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, Connecticut, on Saturday.A makeshift memorial with flowers, stuffed toys and candles sit outside Saint Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, Connecticut, on Saturday.

A man bows his head as he stands at a makeshift memorial, outside Saint Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown on Saturday, December 15.A man bows his head as he stands at a makeshift memorial, outside Saint Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown on Saturday, December 15.

New Jersey resident Steve Wruble, who was moved to drive out to Connecticut to support local residents, grieves for victims at the entrance to Sandy Hook village in Newtown on Saturday.New Jersey resident Steve Wruble, who was moved to drive out to Connecticut to support local residents, grieves for victims at the entrance to Sandy Hook village in Newtown on Saturday.

People attend a prayer service in Newtown on Saturday to reflect.People attend a prayer service in Newtown on Saturday to reflect.

A mother hugs her children after paying tribute to the victims in Newtown on Saturday, December 15.A mother hugs her children after paying tribute to the victims in Newtown on Saturday, December 15.

Newtown High School student Trevor Lopez stands outside of a church where residents have come to pray and reflect on SaturdayNewtown High School student Trevor Lopez stands outside of a church where residents have come to pray and reflect on Saturday

Andrea Jaeger places flowers and a candle at a makeshift memorial outside a firehouse near Sandy Hook Elementary School on Saturday.Andrea Jaeger places flowers and a candle at a makeshift memorial outside a firehouse near Sandy Hook Elementary School on Saturday.

The U.S. flag flies at half-staff above the White House on Saturday.The U.S. flag flies at half-staff above the White House on Saturday.

Ken Kowalsky and his daughter Rebecca, 13, embrace while standing at the end of the road leading to Sandy Hook Elementary School on Saturday.Ken Kowalsky and his daughter Rebecca, 13, embrace while standing at the end of the road leading to Sandy Hook Elementary School on Saturday.

A woman puts a flower near crosses planted by Rio de Paz (Rio of Peace), in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.A woman puts a flower near crosses planted by Rio de Paz (Rio of Peace), in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.

A woman sits during a service at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, Connecticut on Friday, December 14.A woman sits during a service at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, Connecticut on Friday, December 14.

Fans at the NBA game between the Utah Jazz and the Phoenix Suns participate in a moment of silence for the victims of the Newtown shooting on Friday in Phoenix.Fans at the NBA game between the Utah Jazz and the Phoenix Suns participate in a moment of silence for the victims of the Newtown shooting on Friday in Phoenix.

An overflow crowd listens to a church service held at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Newtown on December 14.An overflow crowd listens to a church service held at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Newtown on December 14.

People gather for a prayer vigil at St. Rose Church on Friday.People gather for a prayer vigil at St. Rose Church on Friday.

People gather for a vigil outside the White House in Washington following the Connecticut elementary school shooting on Friday.People gather for a vigil outside the White House in Washington following the Connecticut elementary school shooting on Friday.

Candles burn as people gather for a vigil outside the White House.Candles burn as people gather for a vigil outside the White House.

Hartford, Connecticut, Mayor Padro Segarra speaks emotionally about the students and teachers who died earlier in the day at Sandy Hook Elementary School in nearby Newtown at a candlelight vigil at Bushnell Park in Hartford on Friday.Hartford, Connecticut, Mayor Padro Segarra speaks emotionally about the students and teachers who died earlier in the day at Sandy Hook Elementary School in nearby Newtown at a candlelight vigil at Bushnell Park in Hartford on Friday.

Cynthia Alvarez is comforted by her mother, Lilia, as people gather for a prayer vigil at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown.Cynthia Alvarez is comforted by her mother, Lilia, as people gather for a prayer vigil at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown.

People gather for a prayer vigil at St. Rose Church in Newtown.People gather for a prayer vigil at St. Rose Church in Newtown.

People gather for a prayer vigil at St. Rose Church.People gather for a prayer vigil at St. Rose Church.

People gather inside the St. Rose Church to remember the shooting victims on FridayPeople gather inside the St. Rose Church to remember the shooting victims on Friday

A woman bows her head during a vigil for the shooting victims at St. Rose Church.A woman bows her head during a vigil for the shooting victims at St. Rose Church.

People gather in the St. Rose Church for a memorial service Friday.People gather in the St. Rose Church for a memorial service Friday.

Women comfort each other during the vigil at St. Rose Church.Women comfort each other during the vigil at St. Rose Church.

 A woman looks on during the vigil at St. Rose Church. A woman looks on during the vigil at St. Rose Church.

People hug outside of the Newtown United Methodist Church on Friday, near the site of the shootings at the Sandy Hook school.People hug outside of the Newtown United Methodist Church on Friday, near the site of the shootings at the Sandy Hook school.

A flag at the U.S. Capitol flies at half-staff after President Barack Obama ordered the action while speaking from the White House. Obama called for meaningful action in the wake of the school shooting.A flag at the U.S. Capitol flies at half-staff after President Barack Obama ordered the action while speaking from the White House. Obama called for “meaningful action” in the wake of the school shooting.

Julie Henson of San Francisco joins other people outside the White House to participate in a candlelight vigil on Friday.Julie Henson of San Francisco joins other people outside the White House to participate in a candlelight vigil on Friday.

Obama wipes tears as he makes a statement in response to the shooting on Friday.Obama wipes tears as he makes a statement in response to the shooting on Friday.

Washington resident Rachel Perrone, left, and her 5-year-old son, Joe, center, join others outside the White House in a candlelight vigil.Washington resident Rachel Perrone, left, and her 5-year-old son, Joe, center, join others outside the White House in a candlelight vigil.

Faisal Ali, right, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, joins the vigil outside the White House.Faisal Ali, right, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, joins the vigil outside the White House.

People gather outside the White House to participate in a candlelight vigil.People gather outside the White House to participate in a candlelight vigil.

Supporters of gun control hold a candlelight vigil for victims of the shooting outside the White House.Supporters of gun control hold a candlelight vigil for victims of the shooting outside the White House.


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(CNN) — For the people of Newtown and for people across the country, 9:30 a.m. was a time to stop, listen and remember.

Bells rang in the Connecticut town and in churches and government buildings in multiple states Friday morning to remember the 20 children and six women who were gunned down at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School at that hour a week ago.

Standing in rain — some with umbrellas, and others who let the water wash over their bowed heads — people in Newtown gathered outside various locations and paused as multiple churches rang their bells, once for each victim.

Connecticut Gov. Dannell Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman stood with others under the awning of Newtown’s Edmond Town Hall, listening to bells of a nearby church. People also paused elsewhere in town — under a tent that covered the numerous flowers and stuffed animals left as a memorial — and outside various churches.

Some closed their eyes. Some put hands on their hearts. All stood nearly still as the bells rang.

At least one Newtown church rang its bells 28 times, marking the deaths of the school’s 26 victims, the gunman’s mother, who was slain before the shooter went to the school, and the gunman himself, who authorities say committed suicide after the shootings.

Three pastors at that church, Newtown United Methodist Church, took turns ringing the bell.

In the state Capitol building in Hartford, a bell was rung for each of the school’s 26 victims after their names were read. “Amazing Grace” was sung afterward.

Bells were rung at the National Cathedral in Washington and a church in Miami. Traders at the New York Stock Exchange paused silently for one minute before the opening bell.

Earlier, in a letter sent to other governors around the country, Malloy noted how the shooting in his state has resonated nationwide.

“Mourning this tragedy has extended beyond Newtown, beyond the borders of Connecticut, and has spread across the nation and the world,” he said. “On behalf of the State of Connecticut, we appreciate the letters and calls of support that have been delivered to our state and to the family members during their hour of need.”

At least 29 states have declared a moment of silence for Friday morning, with flags flying at half-staff. People mourned on the Internet, as well — some websites were to go dark at the urging of Silicon Valley venture capitalist Ron Conway, who came up with the idea at a Christmas party attended by Gabby Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who was wounded in a 2011 shooting that killed six.

Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma suggested residents wear green, Sandy Hook’s school color. In Alaska, the Capitol’s bell will ring at 9:30 a.m. local time. The bell is a full-scale replica of the Liberty Bell.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have called for residents of their states to pause to reflect one week after the shooting rampage. Perry also asked that churches ring their bells 26 times in honor of the victims at the school.

In an open letter to the people of Newtown in Friday’s The Hartford Courant, first lady Michelle Obama wrote that she and President Barack Obama are “holding you and your families in our hearts.”

“As a mother of two young daughters, my heart aches for you and your families. Like so many Americans, I wish there were something — anything — I could do or say to ease your anguish,” Michelle Obama wrote.

Although she “cannot begin to imagine the depths of your grief,” she paid tribute to “the countless acts of courage, kindness and love here in Newtown and across America.”

The states honoring a moment of silence are Alaska, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

President Obama ordered flags to half-staff last Friday after the shooting. Flags will also fly at half-staff this Friday.

Open Story: Tributes for Newtown

Carloads of teenagers from a Minnesota school that suffered a mass shooting in 2005 headed toward Newtown on Thursday to offer their support.

Also Thursday, burials were held for three children and two teachers.

More than 2,200 miles west of Newtown, in Ogden, Utah, the hometown of shooting victim Emilie Parker was festooned with pink ribbons as her parents brought her body back for burial.

“This sucks. There’s no reason for us to be here tonight,” her father, Robbie Parker, told friends and well-wishers at a memorial service Thursday night. “And I’m so thankful for everybody that’s here.”

His voice trailed off as he struggled for composure. Seeing the pink — his daughter’s favorite color — made him and his wife, Alissa, “feel like we were getting a big hug from everybody.”

Also buried Thursday, at an undisclosed location, was Nancy Lanza, the shooter’s mother, said Donald Briggs, a friend of the family who grew up with her in Kingston, New Hampshire.

Plans had not been finalized for the burial of the gunman, her son, Adam.

Three 6-year-olds were among those buried Thursday: Allison Wyatt, who loved to draw and wanted to be an artist; Benjamin Wheeler, who loved the Beatles; and red-haired Catherine Hubbard, who loved animals.

Opinion: Honor the angels we lost by coming together


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