Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear asks for moment of silence Friday

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear asks for moment of silence Friday

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Gov. Steve Beshear (source: Commonwealth of Kentucky) Gov. Steve Beshear (source: Commonwealth of Kentucky)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear is asking Kentuckians to join in a moment of silence for victims of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre.

The moment of silence will be observed at 9:30 a.m. local time Friday, one week after 20 first-graders and six adults were killed in a rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

A gunman armed with a military-style assault rifle also killed his mother at her home.

Beshear previously directed all flags at state office buildings to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has declared Friday a day of mourning in that state and asked other states to participate in a moment of silence.

Houses of worship and other buildings with bells are encouraged to sound them 26 times.

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