Governors call for moment of silence on Friday to honor Sandy Hook victims


White roses with photos of victims of last Friday's mass shooting hang at a streetside memorial in Newtown, Connecticut.


John Moore

A number of state governors have called for a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. on Friday to honor the victims of last week’s deadly shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

A total of 28 people, including the gunman, died last Friday in one of the worst mass shootings in US history. The tragedy has revived calls for tougher gun control laws.

Adam Lanza shot dead 20 children in their classrooms along with six teachers and his mother before turning the gun on himself.

Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy sent out a request for a moment of silence to all governors across the country.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder responded today, calling for a statewide moment of silence, Fox 17 reported.

“Last week’s unthinkable tragedy in Newtown has left a mark of sadness in the heart of every American,” Snyder said.

“My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the parents, families, friends and community members forever affected by this horrible event.”

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell also asked Virginians to observe a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. in honor of the victims of the mass shooting, reported.

“I also encourage all Virginians to recognize Dec. 21 as an official day of mourning as our nation continues to grieve along with the families and citizens of Newtown."

According to Fox 40, California Governor Jerry Brown also asked Californians to pay their respects to the victims by observing a moment of silence.

There will also be an Internet moment of silence, according to

An online campaign Web Goes Silent is urging Internet users to go offline at 9:30 a.m.

More from GlobalPost: Full coverage of the Sandy Hook shooting aftermath


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