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Bells ring as RI reflects during day of mourning

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By Abbey Niezgoda

There are no words that can make sense of what happened one week ago in Newtown, but the sound of bells at The Cathedral of S.S. Peter and Paul in Providence, help Rhode Island reflect.

"These bells are a reminder of that call of love to them," Father Jeremy Rodrigues said. "And it strikes you to the core, what no words can express, but a sound"

The sound rang out 26 times in churches all over the state at the exact moment, 9:30 a.m., when a gunman started shooting at Sandy Hook last week, claiming the lives of 26 people.

As the rain fell and the flag waved at half staff in Cathedral Square, silence filled the halls of the State House, where Governor Chafee chose to spend the moment in his office alone.

At a crowded bus stop in Kennedy Plaza, many took the time to stop themselves.

"Just being quiet and taking the time to think about the children who could have had a nice Christmas, but are no longer here," Abigail Barlow said.

With so much still unanswered, they are hoping there is power in the sound of silence, and for some, a brief moment of peace.

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