ESCONDIDO, Calif. - Scores of people turned out in Escondido early Friday morning as part of a national effort to honor those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., last week.
Walk 27 began at 6:30 a.m. (9:30 a.m. EST), as a way to commemorate the exact moment one week ago when the school shootings began. The event was promoted on Facebook.
Carol Rea of the Old Escondido Historic District was the local organizer.
Walkers gathered in front of Escondido City Hall well before dawn, and promptly at 6:30 a.m., began the 27-minute walk around the block, ending at Grape Day Park as the names of all 27 victims were read aloud. That included the name of Nancy Lanza, shooting suspect Adam Lanza's mother.
Many of those who took part in the walk wore green and white, the Sandy Hook school colors.