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Newtown marks 6 months since school massacre

Ina Ronquillo

A local community member offered to sponsor a "day of play" at the Children's Museum Tucson in honor of the lives lost in the recent Newtown shootings

Newtown marks 6 months since school massacre

CREATED Jun. 14, 2013

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - The sister of a teacher who died in the Connecticut school massacre says the pain has been "excruciating and unbearable," but that with the help of supporters, she and another sister "are able to get through this."

Carlee Soto and her sister Jillian took part today in a ceremony marking six months since the shootings that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults -- including the Sotos' sister, Victoria. There was a 26-second moment of silence in their memory.

The event then transitioned to the reading of the names of more than 6,000 people killed by gun violence since the shootings at Newtown. The reading of names is expected to take 12 hours.

Today's activities were organized by Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The group also launched a bus tour that will travel to 25 states over 100 days to build support for legislation to expand background checks for gun buyers. The proposal failed in the Senate in April.

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