NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- Bells have tolled in Newtown, Conn., to mark the anniversary of a shooting massacre that killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The bells rang 26 times Saturday at St. Rose of Lima church in Newtown to honor each of the victims.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy asked for houses of worship around the state to ring their bells at 9:30 a.m., the moment that Adam Lanza shot his way into the school. Malloy also called for flags to be lowered to half-staff around the state.
Newtown officials have called for privacy and asked town residents to honor the victims through acts of service and kindness. At a joint appearance during the week in Newtown, some of the victims' families urged people to find ways to give back to their own communities.
Lanza killed 20 children and six educators before taking his own life. He also killed his mother at the home they shared.