One year after shooting, Newtown asks to be left alone
NEW YORK (AFP) - A year after 20 schoolchildren were gunned down in Newtown, Connecticut, the small United States (US) town has asked to be left alone to mark the anniversary - and many media outlets are respecting their wishes.
On Dec 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza went on a gruesome killing spree, using a military-style Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle to kill 20 children and six adults in about 10 minutes, after having already shot his mother to death at home.
The tragedy traumatised the US and continues to haunt the small east coast town.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy asked for church bells to ring on Saturday at 9.30am (10.30pm, Singapore time), the moment Lanza opened fire a year ago. He also ordered flags to fly at half-mast all day.