HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell is calling for a statewide day of remembrance for the victims of last week’s fatal shootings at a beer distribution company.

The governor is asking that a moment of silence be observed at 9:15 a.m. Monday to remember the nine people who died at Hartford Distributors in Manchester last Tuesday and their families.

Authorities say company driver Omar Thornton killed eight people and himself after a meeting during which he resigned after being shown video evidence of him stealing beer. Two other people were shot but survived.

About 500 people gathered in Manchester Sunday night for a candlelight vigil for the victims. Mourners lit candles, hugged each other and cried as prayers were offered at a community park.

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