Moment of silence held in memory of Conn. shooting victims

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A moment of silence was held across the nation Friday in memory of the victims of the Connecticut school shooting, which happened one week ago.

Gov. Bev Perdue signed a proclamation declaring Friday a day of mourning and encouraged residents to participate in the moment of silence at 9:30 a.m.

"Our thoughts and hearts continue to be with the families of the victims of this senseless act of violence in Newtown, Conn.," Perdue said. "Bob and I are deeply shocked and heartbroken over this tragic loss of life. Our prayers are with all the families of the children, teachers and administrators."

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy wrote letters to governors across the nation, requesting each state to participate in the day of mourning. Malloy also asked houses of worship and government buildings that have the ability to ring bells 26 times during the moment in honor of each victim of the shooting.

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