On Friday in Newtown, Conn., Gov. Dannel Malloy and local officials bowed their heads, and a bell tolled 26 times. The moment of silence was repeated at the White House and in 29 states.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) and local officials stood on the portico of Newtown’s Edmond Town Hall on Main Street. At 9:30 a.m., the time of the shooting, they bowed their heads, and a church bell from the nearby Trinity Episcopal Church tolled a somber 26 times, once for each of the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Then, no speeches, no reading of victims’ names, no posing for the scores of camera crews. Instead, everyone turned around, went back inside the building, and hugged one another.