Moment of silence requested Friday morning for Conn. shooting victims

Posted Dec. 19, 2012, at 5:43 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 21, 2012, at 7:24 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has asked Mainers to observe a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Friday in remembrance of the victims of the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

“Gov. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut has declared Friday an official day of mourning in his state and has asked all governors to share in that observance by calling for a moment of silence at 9:30 that morning,” LePage said in a statement. “We share in the grief of the Newtown community at this tragic loss of innocent life.”

In a letter to LePage, Malloy said Connecticut has received a lot of support from Mainers.

“In the last few days, the outpouring of love and compassion from your state and from around the world has been overwhelming, and the people of Connecticut will be forever grateful,” Malloy wrote to LePage. “Too often we focus on what divides us as people, instead of what binds us together as human beings.”

Malloy has also asked places of worship and government buildings in Connecticut to ring bells 26 times during the moment of silence in honor of each life lost.