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Mourning » At 9:30 a.m., Utah joined other states in a moment of silence for the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings.


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There is rarely a mention by residents of the first person police said Adam Lanza killed that morning: his mother, Nancy, who was shot in the head four times while she lay in bed.

A private funeral was held Thursday in New Hampshire for Nancy Lanza, according to Donald Briggs, the police chief in Kingston, N.H., where her funeral was held. About 25 family members attended the ceremony.

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Moment of silence

At 9:30 a.m. Friday, Utah joined other states in a moment of silence for the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings. Government buildings and places of worship were encouraged to ring bells 26 times for each of the victims at the school.

There will be a candlelight vigil Friday in Magna to remember the Sandy Hook shootings. The vigil will be from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at Veterans Park, 2700 S. 8400 West.

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Newtown and environs weathered another day of funerals Friday.

A standing room-only crowd filled the St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church in Trumbull for the funeral of Mary Sherlach. The school psychologist who rushed toward the gunman during the shooting was remembered as a caring professional, a fan of the Miami Dolphins and a woman who ultimately put the lives of others ahead of her own.

Investigators have said that Nancy Lanza, a gun enthusiast, visited shooting ranges several times and that her son also visited an area range.

Authorities say Adam Lanza shot his mother at their home and then took her car and some of her guns to the school, where he broke in and opened fire. A Connecticut official said Nancy Lanza was shot four times in the head with a .22-caliber rifle.

Adam Lanza was wearing all black, with an olive-drab utility vest, during the school attack. Investigators have found no letters or diaries that could explain the rampage.

Friends and acquaintances have described him as intelligent, but odd and quiet.

Friends said he would stare down at the floor and not speak when she brought him into a local pizzeria. They knew that he’d switched schools more than once and that she’d tried home schooling him. But while she occasionally expressed concern about his future during evenings at the bar, she never complained.

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Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Michael Melia, John Christoffersen, Eileen Connelly and David Klepper in Newtown; Jim Fitzgerald in Katonah, N.Y.; and Frederic J. Frommer in Washington.



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