Funerals continue for victims of school shootings

10:58 PM, Dec 20, 2012   |    comments
Alana Le, of North Dighton, Mass., leaves a stuffed animal at the memorial at Newtown High School Thursday, December 20, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut. (Brad Horrigan/Hartford Courant/MCT via Getty Images)
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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- It's been nearly a week since the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school that took the lives of 20 children and six adults.

On Thursday, the people of Newtown and its environs weathered a fourth day of funerals.

Mourners laid to rest Catherine Hubbard, Benjamin Wheeler, Jesse Lewis and Allison Wyatt, all 6 years old; and Grace McDonnell, 7.

A service was also held in Katonah, N.Y., for 52-year-old Anne Marie Murphy, a teacher who authorities believe helped shield some of her students from the rain of bullets.

In downtown Danbury, mourners attended a memorial service for 30-year-old teacher Lauren Rousseau.

Nancy Lanza, the mother of the 20-year-old gunman who killed himself after the shootings, also was laid to rest Thursday, in a private ceremony in tiny Kingston, N.H., where she used to live.

Gov. Dannel Malloy has asked people across Connecticut to observe a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Friday, which will mark a week since the shootings.

President Barack Obama plans to observe a private moment of silence at the White House on Friday morning in honor of the victims.

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