Governor describes notifying families of deaths

1:51 AM, Dec 18, 2012   |    comments
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is recalling how and why he decided to tell the families of shooting victims that their loved ones were dead.

Malloy told reporters Monday that he sensed a "reluctance" by officials to tell the anxious group waiting for news at the Sandy Hook firehouse "that the person they were waiting for was not going to return." He choked up as he wiped away tears.

The normally businesslike Malloy had to pause several times to regain his composure as he explained how he didn't think it was right for the families to wait a long time for the traditional identification of victims.

He says "I made the decision that - to have that go on any longer - was wrong."

Also Monday, the governor called for a moment of silence and churches to ring bells exactly one week after the shooting.

Malloy is asking churches to ring their bells 26 times Friday to honor the victims.

Associated Press

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