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Malloy Asks For Houses Of Worship To Toll Bells For Sandy Hook Victims

26 People Were Gunned Down Inside Newtown School
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Balloons hang on a sign at the entrance to Sandy School on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut (Credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy is calling for houses of worship to mark the first anniversary of the Newtown school shooting by ringing their bells 26 times — once for each of the victims killed inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Last year, Malloy asked for bells to toll exactly one week after the Dec. 14 shooting.

He writes in an op-ed piece this weekend that he hopes houses of worship and other organizations will do the same thing at 9:30 a.m. next Saturday for people to grieve and to find the “spirit of compassion and togetherness” that emerged in the days after the tragedy.

On the anniversary, the governor is urging people to donate to a charity, volunteer in their communities or appreciate time spent with friends and family.