HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett asked that a moment of silence be taken in Pennsylvania Friday morning to honor the victims of the mass school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
“We take this opportunity to think of all the people in Connecticut whose happiness was shattered in just a few minutes one week ago. We mourn the loss of these innocent lives and pray for their heartbroken families and friends who are coping with their grief,’’ Corbett said.
Honoring the request that governors across the country join Connecticut residents in a moment of reflection on Friday, made by Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Governor Corbett called for a moment of silence, inviting, “all Pennsylvanians to join me in this moment of respect and reflection.’’
Governor Corbett will host the moment of silence during a ceremony at 9:15 a.m. with members from his staff and cabinet.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also announced that he will honor the mayor of Connecticut’s request.
Governor Christie signed an executive order asking that all New Jerseyans take a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. on Friday.
“The people of New Jersey join our entire nation in mourning each of these lives that was taken senselessly far, far too soon,” said Governor Christie. “I ask that every New Jerseyan observe a moment of silence to reflect on those lost and to offer to the people of Connecticut and the community of Newtown the comfort of our thoughts, prayers, and unity as single people bound together by this unthinkable tragedy.”
Both governors ordered that state buildings fly flags at half-staff to mourn the victims of this tragedy.
Twenty children and six adults were killed during a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut on Friday, Dec. 14th.