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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Governor Nikki Haley is calling on people across the state to observe a moment of silence Friday for the victims of the Newtown school shooting.

Haley wants people to honor those lost at 9:30 a.m.

It was last Friday that a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut and killed 26 people, including 20 schoolchildren.

"Like families across our state and nation, we were heartbroken by the tragedy that took so many innocent lives in the Town of Newtown," said Gov. Haley. "We ask the people of our state join us in a moment of silence as we lift up the families of the fallen in prayer, hug our children a bit tighter and give thanks to our teachers for the selfless service they provide day in and day out."

Haley said Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy had asked other govenors to consider observing a moment of silence in their states.

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