Dec. 20 - Family and friends gathered for the funeral of six-year-old Catherine Hubbard in Newtown, Connecticut, as mourners continued to visit memorials honoring the shooting victims. Sarah Irwin reports.
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Friends and family gather for the funeral of six-year-old Catherine Hubbard - in Newtown, Connecticut on Thursday.
Catherine - who had striking red hair and a love of animals - was one of twenty children killed on Friday - when a gunman opened fire in Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The gunman also killed 6 adults at the school - and his mother at home - before killing himself.
The shooting has reignited the debate over gun control in the United States.
In Washington, Vice President Joe Biden chaired the first gun task force meeting at the White House.
SOUNDBITE: Vice President Joe Biden
"We have to have a comprehensive way which to respond to the mass murder of our children that we saw in Connecticut, but that is not the only incident."
Almost a week since the shooting, residents continue to visit memorials to the victims in the small Connecticut town.
SOUNDBITE: Randy Kirik, Connecticut Resident:
"I'm still in a state of shock. I live nearby. I live like 15, 20 minutes away and it's something that is on your mind constantly."
Many mourners brought flowers, candles and sympathy notes to a growing memorial - near the school.
SOUNDBITE: Claire Bullock, Connecticut Resident:
"I think people are behind banning certain automatic guns and we can only just push forward and hope this never, ever happens again."
On Friday, much of the U.S. will pause in the morning to observe a moment of silence - as churches toll their bells 26 times - in honor of the victims.