COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley is asking South Carolina residents to observe a moment of silence Friday morning to honor the memory of the victims of last week’s school shooting in Connecticut.

Haley says she is honoring a request from Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy. The moment of silence will start at 9:30 a.m., almost one week to the moment the shooting started at the elementary school. Six adults and 20 children were killed.

Along with the moment of silence, Haley asked South Carolinians to pray for the families of the victims, hug their children a little tighter and thank teachers for their selfless service.

The Post and Courier will be observing the moment by having our web page go dark at 9:30 a.m for 5 minutes today. The message that will appear on our site links to the website and a message about gun violence. CNN and others are also observing this moment of silence.