Moment of silence honors Conn. shooting victims

Moment of silence honors Conn. shooting victims

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Candles with the names of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting written on them are seen at a makeshift memorial near the entrance to the grounds of Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 18, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Students in Newtown, excluding Sandy Hook Elementary School, returned to school for the first time since last Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook which took the live of 20 students and 6 adults. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on December 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 21 at 12:42 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Gov. Bob McDonnell is calling for a reduced focus on violence and more understanding among all people in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.  

That was the governor's message Friday morning to those gathered at the Capitol Square Bell Tower to mark a moment of silence for the victims of last week's mass shooting. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/UVa48q) that after McDonnell's remarks, the bell tolled 26 times in honor of each of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.  

McDonnell had issued a proclamation calling for a statewide moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Friday, calling the move a small token of support and solidarity for those grieving in Connecticut. 

 

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