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.
They also tolled 28 times at New York City's historic Trinity Church.
Nancy Lanza, the shooter's mother, is believed to be the first person to have died in the attack. But she is omitted if the bells are said to be rung for the 20 children and six adults who were shot by the gunman at Sandy Hook because she didn't die there.
But she'll be included on Saturday in Phillipsburg, N.J.,m where they plan to release 27 green and white balloons.
The Associated Press reports that "in Newtown, where makeshift memorials of stuffed animals, angels, candles, flowers and balloons have blossomed on patches of grass throughout town, there is only one noticeable tribute to Nancy Lanza. It's a letter written by a friend on yellow paper affixed, screwed and shellacked onto a red piece of wood."
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