Spokane bells toll for Newtown shooting victims

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 21, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 5:55 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane citizens remembered the victims of a mass shooting in Connecticut Friday morning, one week after they were killed.

About 2,500 miles away from Newtown, bells tolled for the victims at the Cathedral of our Lady of Lourdes. The bells rang once for each of the 20 children and six adults murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary.

All of their names were read aloud as the crowd bowed their heads in silence. Mourners shed tears as they honored the victims.

“This gives us an opportunity to try to support the best way we can. I don’t know if closure will ever happen for a family of something of this magnitude,” Michael Quacquarini, a local father, said.

Many of the attendees at the morning ceremony said they honored the national moment of silence, as did KREM 2, at 9:30 a.m. EST, 6:30 PT.

Parents and children attended the memorial. They said it was an important step in understanding, and in healing from this tragedy.

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