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One year since shooting in Newtown

Families of the victims honored the day in their own ways.
Newtown, Connecticut (WSYR-TV) - Saturday was a solemn day in a Newtown, Connecticut.

Bells tolled in the morning, exactly one year after a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary school, and opened fire on first-graders and teachers.

The President and the First Lady paid tribute to the innocent victims at a White House ceremony.

They lit 26 candles in honor of the 20 children and six adults who were killed.

The families of the victims honored the day in their own ways and asked others to do the same.

"We ask that you consider performing an act of kindness, or volunteering with a charitable organization in your own local community. We hope that some small measure of good may be returned to the world, " said JoAnn Bacon, who lost her daughter in the shooting.

Among the victims were 56-year-old Mary Sherlach and six-year-old James Mattioli

Mattioli's grandparents live in the Oneida city of Sherrill.  Their daughter, James' mother, grew up in Central New York before moving to Newtown.

Sherlach graduated from SUNY-Cortland and was the school psychologist at Sandy Hook.

She planned to retire to a summer home on Owasco Lake this year.



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