FIRST AME CHURCH OF LOS ANGELES
Joins Nation in Day of Mourning for Newtown victims
December 21, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The bells of the oldest black church in Los Angeles
rang out in memory of the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims at 6:30 a.m.
today, the time when the massacre began exactly a week ago.
The bells of the First AME Church of Los Angeles in the Adams district
tolled 26 times, once for each victim, then rang out a verse of the hymn "Nearer My God to Thee" in a ceremony coinciding with one in Connecticut.
Another ceremony is planned at First AME at 9:30 a.m. as part of a planned statewide moment of reflection in memory of the shooting victims, said church spokesman Michael Ellison-Lewis.
"First AME Church of Los Angeles bells have been rung in many other
watershed moments in our church's over 140-year history," Pastor J. Edgar Boyd
said. "Friday we join others in remembering those who lost their lives
tragically and join with the entire community to continue to work toward
Gov. Jerry Brown called for Californians to observe a moment of silence
in memory for the shooting victims at 9:30 a.m., honoring a request Connecticut
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy made of all his fellow governors.
"Let us all come together collectively to mourn the loss of far too
many promising lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School," Malloy said.
"Though we will never know the full measure of sorrow experienced by
these families, we can let them know that we stand with them during this