NEWTOWN, Connecticut (AP):
Church bells tolled in Newtown, Connecticut, yesterday to mark the anniversary of the shooting massacre that killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and President Barack Obama called on Americans to help prevent future violence in a radio address on the tragedy.
The bells rang 26 times as names of each of the victims were read at St Rose of Lima church in Newtown, one of several houses of worship that held private services for a community still grieving the deaths of 20 children and six educators.
Obama said in his radio address that the massacre at Sandy Hook will be remembered as a tragedy that inspired the nation to make communities safer.
"We have to do more to keep dangerous people from getting their hands on a gun so easily. We have to do more to heal troubled minds. We have to do everything we can to protect our children from harm and make them feel loved, and valued, and cared for," said Obama, who also observed a moment of silence and lit candles at the White House in honour of the victims.
Newtown town asked for quiet and privacy on the anniversary.