Bells ring locally for Newtown shooting victims

Bells were ringing at The Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul in remembrance of the Newtown shooting victims (Scott Garrand/WCIV)

By Sonya

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Even though we are hundreds of miles away from Newtown, one local man wanted to show his support for the Connecticut town in mourning.

There was a somber tone resonating outside the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul around noon Friday to remember the lives lost one week ago.

"We want to make sure that the people in Connecticut know that our hearts bleed for the loss of their kids and that we want to support them and let them know that they are in our hearts and prayers," said Wray Lemke, Bell Tower Captain at Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul.

For this sad occasion, it was a sad sound.

"The half muffled tolling bell is a sad bell," said Lemke. "We ring it as a sign of respect and use it as a remembrance."

The bell was first rung three times to signify a child, then 26 times for each life lost.

"Something like that affects everybody in the whole country, and everybody in the country has come together to show their support and their sorrow over this unbelievably tragic event and all the towers in Charleston are ringing," said Lemke.

St. Michael's and Grace Church, the only other churches with big bell towers in Charleston, also rang their bells today in remembrance of those killed in the shooting last Friday.