Governor asks for moment of silence to remember Connecticut victims
December 20, 2012
NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 20, 2012
Gov. Chris Gregoire asked Washingtonians to observe a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Friday to remember the people killed in the massacre at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy issued a proclamation declaring Friday as a day of mourning throughout Connecticut. In solidarity with the people of Connecticut, and recognizing the deaths of 20 children and six educators as a national tragedy, Gregoire responded to the request and asked residents to spend a moment in quiet reflection.
“We are all heartbroken by this senseless violence,” Gregoire said in a statement. “Mike and I often think of those parents who will never again hug their first-graders. The courageous acts of the staff at Sandy Hook were truly selfless and heroic. The people of Newtown will long be in our prayers.”
The observance comes a week after a gunman stormed into Sandy Hook Elementary School, and later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound as emergency responders reached the campus.
In a letter to Gregoire, Malloy wrote, “In the last few days, the outpouring of love and compassion from your state and from around the world has been overwhelming, and the people of Connecticut will be forever grateful.”
In Connecticut, houses of worship also plan to ring bells 26 times in honor of each life lost at Sandy Hook Elementary.