Moment of silence marks week since Newtown tragedy
Officials (including Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy) observe a moment of silence on the steps of Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, Conn., as bells ring 26 times on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 - marking one week since the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. / AP Photo/Seth Wenig
Last Updated 9:42 a.m. ET
NEWTOWN, Conn. The tolling of church bells reverberated throughout Newtown on Friday, commemorating one week since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults.
At 9:30 a.m. local time this morning - exactly a week since Adam Lanza entered the school - bell towers across Connecticut chimed 26 times to honor each of the victims.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gathered with other officials on the steps of the town hall as bells rang in memory of each life lost at the school. The gunman, Adam Lanza, also killed his mother before the massacre, and himself afterward.
The White House has said President Barack Obama will privately observe the moment of silence.
Just before, the president sent out via Twitter via message: "20 beautiful children & 6 remarkable adults. Together, we will carry on & make our country worthy of their memory."
Newtown and environs weathered a fourth day of funerals Thursday as mourners laid to rest Catherine Hubbard, Benjamin Wheeler, Jesse Lewis and Allison Wyatt, all 6 years old; and Grace McDonnell, 7.
A service was held in Katonah, N.Y., for teacher Anne Marie Murphy, 52, who authorities believe helped shield some of her students from the rain of bullets. Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan compared her to Jesus.
"Like Jesus, Annie laid down her life for her friends," Dolan said. "Like Jesus, Annie's life and death brings light, truth, goodness and love to a world often shrouded in darkness, evil, selfishness and death."
A bell tolled Thursday at Newtown's St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church at the funeral for Catherine, who her family said would be remembered for her passion for animals and her constant smile.
Trinity Episcopal church on Main Street was filled to capacity for the funeral for Benjamin, described as a budding musician and Beatles fan. His service included a rendition of "Here Comes The Sun." About two dozen Boy Scout leaders lined the front pathway to the church in honor of the former Cub Scout.
In downtown Danbury, mourners filed into the ornate white-pillared First Congregational Church for a memorial service for 30-year-old teacher Lauren Rousseau. Friends wept at the altar as they remembered the spirited, hardworking, sunny-natured woman who brightened their lives with silliness and gave them all nicknames.
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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was one of the people to visit Newtown on Thursday, stopping by a firehouse.
The Obama administration will push to tighten gun laws in response to the shooting, Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday, and Speaker John Boehner said the GOP-controlled House would consider the proposals.
Biden, who is overseeing the administration's response to Friday's shooting, said he and Obama are "absolutely committed" to curbing gun violence in the United States.
"Even if we can only save one life, we have to take action," he said.
Gun-control measures have faced fierce resistance in Congress for years, but that may be changing because of the events in Connecticut, which shocked the nation.
After the shooting, Mr. Obama signaled for the first time that he's willing to spend significant political capital on the issue. Some prominent gun-rights advocates on Capitol Hill Democrats and Republicans alike have expressed willingness to consider new measures.
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