Mike Abel, left, keeps count as Mike Webb, both with Henderson County Central Services, rings the Henderson County Historic Courthouse bell 26 times at 9:31 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 in Hendersonville, N.C., in honor on the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary. (AP Photo/The Times-News, Mike Dirks)
Those in charge of ringing bells in mourning a week after the school shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn., had to make a decision: How many times should the bells chime?
Most bell ringers chose 26, the number of victims by the gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary.
That's the number Gov. Pat Quinn chose when he asked organizations to ring bells 26 times in honor of each victim.
But around the country, some people decided to ring their bells 28 times, also marking the deaths of the shooter and his mother.
In Newton, bells at the town hall and most churches pealed 26 times Friday morning. But in at least one church, they chimed 28 times.