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Murfreesboro citizens honor Sandy Hook Elementary School victims

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

Bells tolled in Newtown Saturday morning, exactly one year after a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The families chose to spend the anniversary in their own ways, honoring the lives lost and asking people across the country to do the same.

In Murfreesboro, citizens gathered at dusk to honor the victims of the shooting and their families on Saturday.

The names and ages of the 26 victims were read aloud.  Attendees wore green ribbons and held candles in their honor. 

Firefighter Chris Polk, a self-professed gun owner, expressed what he felt was an increased need for gun control and better background checks in light of the shooting.

"It's real heartfelt that what happened in Newtown reaches here to Tennessee.  It's hit every neighborhood and every community in America," said Polk.

The event was also about asking state legislatures to look into background checks and to advocate for more services for the mentally ill.

 

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