Workplace Shooting Victims Honored With Moment of Silence

Monday, Aug 9, 2010  |  Updated 7:59 AM EDT
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Dramatic Photos: Manchester Shootings

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Employees and friends gather outside of Hartford Distributors in Manchester, Connecticut.

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Victims of last week's workplace shooting at a Connecticut beer distribution company are being honored today in vigils and with a moment of silence across the state.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has called for a day of remembrance for the victims on Monday, including a moment of silence at 9:15 a.m. She says the victims' friends and families "have our support and our prayers.''

About 200 people, ranging in age from children to senior citizens, gathered at Center Park in Manchester on Sunday night, nearly a week after Omar Thornton killed eight co-workers and wounded two others before killing himself at the Hartford Distributors building.

Those gathered for the vigil lit candles as the song "Amazing Grace'' was played on a violin.

The 34-year-old Thornton said in a 911 call the day of the shooting he was upset about poor treatment of him and other black employees. But Hartford Distributors president Ross Hollander and relatives of the victims have rejected the claims.

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