Moment of silence for Sandy Hook school victims to be observed exactly one week after shooting

NEWTOWN, Conn. - A moment of silence honoring the 20 children and six adults people killed inside Sandy Hook school will be observed exactly one week after the violence began there.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy requested the moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. EST Friday during a press conference Monday. He also requested that churches ring their bells 26 times to honor each of the victims.

Malloy also took a few moments to thank those people who responded to the school.

"It's pretty clear now that their quick response saved lives," he said.

"There are a lot of heroes in Connecticut today, and I am grateful to all of them."

Authorities say 20-year-old Adam Lanza blasted his way into Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday in Newtown and gunned down the victims. He also killed his mother before the school attack, and later killed himself.

The first funerals for victims were held Monday.

Students who survived the shooting will not be able to return to the building for classes because it remains an active crime scene, and State Police say that may last for months. To accommodate the children, Malloy signed an executive order granting Newtown permission to use an unused school facility in the neighboring town of Monroe.

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