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Quinn Proclaims Illinois Day of Mourning For Sandy Hook Victims



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    A week after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has proclaimed Friday a "day of mourning."

    In a proclamation for the day, Quinn called on Illinois residents to honor the 26 victims, including 20 children, with an 8:30 a.m. moment of silence and to "join neighbors near and far in ringing bells twenty-six times in honor of each life lost."

    The show of support aligned with a moment of silence across the country and the Internet to mark the one-week anniversary of the shootings as Newtown lays to rest five more of its fallen including three children.

    "The people of Illinois send their condolences to the people of Connecticut and grieve the unconscionable losses suffered by the families and loved ones of the fallen," Quinn wrote in the proclamation.

    The governor said the state remains committed to "promoting the values of peace, faith, and community, with the hope of ending all acts of violence."