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A Moment Of Silence For Sandy Hook

A woman, left, wipes tears off a man as they pay respects in front of a makeshift memorial before the couple joined fire officials for a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. (EST) today in Newtown, Conn. Officials say the gunman, Adam Lanza, killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at their home before heading to the school. The chiming of bells reverberated throughout Newtown, 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. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Incessant rain and a dreary morning failed to keep onlookers away from a moment-of-silence memorial in Newtown, Conn., to pay their respects to the 26 people who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Officials scheduled the event to recognize victims of the massacre that began at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 14, when gunman Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook elementary and launched a shooting spree at the school, taking 26 lives, including 20 children, and then his own. Tents and plastic were used to protect the stuffed animals, candles, notes and pictures that mourners have set up in the town. Flags in Newtown, Conn., which encompasses the village of Sandy Hook, are flying at half-staff/ABC News. More here.

  • Alyssa Crawford/KXLY tweets: "I've been sad about the shooting, but haven't cried...until this AM's #momentforSandyHook. Hearing a bell for each beautiful face did me in."

Question: How have you processed the events of a week ago at Sandy Hook Elementary?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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