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Newtown to mark 4th anniversary of Sandy Hook shooting with moment of silence

Posted at 7:26 AM, Dec 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-14 07:26:13-05

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Newtown is planning to mark the fourth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting with a moment of silence.

Photos of Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victims sits at a small memorial near the school on Jan. 14, 2013 in Newtown, Connecticut. The town marked a month anniversay since the massacre of 26 children and adults at the school, the second-worst such shooting in U.S. history.  (John Moore/Getty Images)

Photos of Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victims sits at a small memorial near the school on Jan. 14, 2013 in Newtown, Connecticut. The town marked a month anniversay since the massacre of 26 children and adults at the school, the second-worst such shooting in U.S. history. (John Moore/Getty Images)

It was Dec. 14, 2012, when a troubled 20-year-old gunman shot his way into the Connecticut schoolhouse and killed 20 children and six educators. Adam Lanza fatally shot his mother before driving to the school, and then killed himself after the rampage.

The town typically does not hold an official memorial event on the anniversary of the tragedy, but prayer services are planned for Wednesday and a counseling center will be open for extended hours.

First Selectman Pat Llodra has asked town employees to refrain from doing any work, including answering phones, between 9:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. to mark the time when the shootings took place.