Bells rang across Connecticut and the United States at 9:30 a.m. Friday as a bereaved nation observed a moment of silence in memory of the 20 children and 6 adults massacred inside
Ruth Theaman's daughter knew the son of Anne Marie Murphy, and her son babysat for Allison Wyatt and Benjamin Wheeler, three of the victims, She observed the moment of silence outside town hall in Newtown.
"This is my way of coming to really honor the children and be part of Newtown," Theaman, a seven-year town resident, said.
She said her son is "heartbroken." She said her son, 21, was struck by the small size and color of the casket.
"It was light pink the casket ... All I can do is comfort him."
Fred Lambert, who has 10 grandchildren in the area — some the age of the children who died in the massacre — came up from Florida, where he's lived since moving from Greenwich years ago.
"I just wanted to be here," he said.
Lambert, 67, a semi-retired tradesman, said people on the lines in the stores where he lives are talking about the tragedy.