Florida, along with communities across the country, planned a moment of silence for 9:30 a.m. Friday in remembrance of the 20 children and eight adults whose lives were ended by gunfire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy asked people across that state to observe the moment of silence to mark one week since the shootings. In support, Florida Gov. Rick Scott asked Floridians to observe the moment of silence as well.
"I am asking all Floridians to join Ann and me in observing a moment of silence to honor the memories of the 20 children and six adults who were all taken from this world too soon on Dec. 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.," read a statement from Scott. "Our thoughts and prayers remain with the people of Newtown in this difficult time — and we all continue to pray that peace comes to the families and all those impacted by this tragedy."
Places of worship and buildings with bells in Connecticut were asked to ring them 26 times for the shooting victims. The White House has said President Barack Obama would privately observe the moment of silence. Officials and clergy in many other states said they would participate as well.
An item created on the website Causes.com urged people to participate in the tribute, with 175,485 around the world pledging to do so by around 8 a.m. The site urged bloggers and social media users to help spread the word, proposing the Twitter hashtag #MomentForSandyHook.
Information from the Associated Press, Bay News 9 and the Orlando Sentinel was used in this report.