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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) Places of worship and buildings with bells across the state rang them 26 times at 9:30 am for the victims of the Newtown school shooting.

Governor Dannel Malloy asked residents to observe the Day of Mourning on Friday for the 20 children and six adults who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School one week ago.

Officials and clergy in many other states around the nation also held observances.

It's a scene that's played out again today in Newtown, Conn. -- grim-faced mourners heading into a church to attend a funeral for one of the young victims of last week's shooting at an elementary school.

Six-year-old Catherine Hubbard was one of the 20 children who died. Her family said in her obituary that she would be remembered for her passion for animals and her constant smile.

Meanwhile, in a suburban New York church, Cardinal Timothy Dolan compared a slain teacher to Jesus because she gave up her life to protect others. Anne Marie Murphy was killed during the rampage last week along with her young students. At her funeral today, the cardinal told mourners that her death trying to protect the children helped unify a nation moved by what she had done.

Another church on Newtown's Main Street was filled to capacity for today's funeral of Benjamin Wheeler. Scores of mourners who couldn't get in were milling about outside. And in downtown Danbury, mourners filled a church for a memorial service for teacher Lauren Rousseau -- remembered as a spirited, hard-working, good-natured young woman who loved children and animals.

 

A private funeral has been held in New Hampshire for the mother of gunman who shot and killed 20 children at a Connecticut elementary school.  The police chief in Kingston says the funeral was held Thursday for Nancy Lanza at an undisclosed location.  He says about 25 family members attended the ceremony in the town of about 6,400, where Nancy Lanza once lived.

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