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Americans hold minute silence for Newtown victims

Americans hold minute silence for Newtown victims
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Americans have been remembering the victims of the Newtown school massacre with a minute’s silence, marking the moment a week ago when the gunman ran amok.

People gathered at the town’s city hall and in public places elsewhere in the country.

President Obama said he would observe the day’s events privately.

Churches said they would ring their bells 26 times, for the 26 school victims.

Funerals for some of those killed also took place on Friday, following others earlier in the week.

Reports suggest there has been a rise in demand for child body armour in the US, in the wake of the massacre in Connecticut.

One company in Utah which makes bulletproof backpacks said the products were designed to save children’s lives after previous school shootings.

“The concept came up as things happened at schools. Children need protection as well,” said Rich Brand of the manufacturer Amendment II.

The company’s name suggests a reference to the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, which gives citizens the right to bear arms.

The effectiveness of the packs has been questioned: one police source doubted they would have saved the lives of children in Newtown.

Each pack costs $300 (227 euros). Some parents think they are worth the investment.

“I would like to buy it because it would protect. It’s something I would buy in the future,” said one mother in Houston, Texas.