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AUSTIN, Texas -- Gov. Rick Perry has asked Texans to join him in a moment of silence Friday in memory of the 26 victims of the Connecticut school shootings.

Perry on Thursday issued a proclamation declaring a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Friday to coincide with a day of mourning called for by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy a week after the massacre.

Perry spokesman Josh Havens says the observance is meant for 9:30 a.m. local time in the state s two time zones.

Perry is also encouraging places of worship and buildings that have the capability to ring bells 26 times to honor each life lost when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Online: http://governor.state.tx.us/news/proclamation/17990

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