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Newtown Shooting Anniversary Commemorated With 'Acts Of Kindness' Week

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NEWTOWN, CT - JANUARY 14: Photos of Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victims sits at a small memorial near the school on January 14, 2013 in Newtown, Connecticut. The town marked a month anniversay since the massacre of 26 children and adults at the school, the second-worst such shooting in U.S. history. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) | John Moore via Getty Images

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A youngster critically wounded in a shooting, volunteer advocates and elected officials are kicking off an "acts of kindness" week in Connecticut to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal joined the United Way and others Monday. They called for volunteer work and other service to honor the 20 children and six educators killed on Dec. 14, 2012.

Blumenthal says volunteerism can establish a "more peaceful and better way."

Tyrek Marquez, a 12-year-old Hartford boy who was shot in the head at a parade when he was 7, says he has helped lobby Congress to impose gun restrictions and otherwise worked against gun violence.

Newtown is not hosting formal events to mark the anniversary Saturday.

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