A day of remembrance, a day of controversy

Bells toll for shooting victims

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The Rev. Darrin Connall, left, and Bishop Blase Cupich climb the stairs of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes on Friday after a gathering to remember the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.

December 22, 2012

Twenty-six bells rang out at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Spokane’s Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, corresponding with the time a week earlier that gunman Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and opened fire. Bells tolled across the nation, marking the lives of the victims.

Parishioner Carlotta Lavagetto read out the names of the dead. Bishop Blase Cupich then took the lectern, praying for the victims – and their killer.

“We ask you in your goodness to give eternal light and peace to all who died, innocent children barely out of infancy, heroic teachers and even the misguided gunman who brought this tragedy on our nation,” he said.

Kaitlin Gillespie, staff writer

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