Newtown Tragedy Marked with Moment of Silence

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One week after the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in Newtown, Conn., people across the state marked the event with a moment of silence at 9:30 this morning, the exact time the massacre took place.

Places of worship and buildings in Newtown rang their bells 26 times for the 20 children and six adults killed at the school.

And in some places, a much debated 27th ring for Lanza's mother. She owned the guns the killer used to massacre her, the children and educators, and himself.

In Newtown, throngs paused at the town Christmas tree and at the firehouse where survivors were brought after the shooting.

Among those who traveled to observe the ceremony was Edie Hardwick, 66, of Middlebury, Conn.

"It's such a horrific thing. Such a horrible thing. Everybody wants to do what they can," she said.

Pat Papuga, 60, came from Branford with a box full of candy canes tied with ribbons that said 'Sandy hook angels.' She gifted them to local coffee shop to give away to town's children.

"We just wanted to be here where everything happened to pay our respects. We just wanted to bring a little something to show that we care."

President Obama privately observed the moment of silence.

Just before, the president sent a message on Twitter: "20 beautiful children & 6 remarkable adults. Together, we will carry on & make our country worthy of their memory."

Officials and clergy in many other states also participated, even the din of New York's stock exchanges was muted.

Meanwhile, there will be a fifth day of funerals Friday.

On Thursday Newtown mourners laid to rest Catherine Hubbard, Benjamin Wheeler, Jesse Lewis and Allison Wyatt, all 6 years old; and Grace McDonnell, 7.

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