Connecticut Shooting: Remembering Dylan

01:58, Dec 18 2012
Connecticut shooting: Vigil
US President Barack Obama speaks at a vigil held at Newtown High School for families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown.
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US President Barack Obama prays during the vigil.
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Offering comfort to each other.
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A girl holds a stuffed animal given to her by the Red Cross.
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A candle with the names of victims written on it left among stuffed animals and candles in a memorial to the victims of the school shooting.

Dylan Hockley and his family moved to the small US town of Newtown from England two years ago. The young boy was shot dead by Adam Lanza during a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

In a statement his family said they did not regret moving to the town and were grateful to everyone who had reached out in their time of grief.

Here is the Hockley family's entire statement:

We want to give sincere thanks and appreciation to the emergency services and first responders who helped everyone on Friday, December 14.  It was an impossible day for us, but even in our grief we cannot comprehend what other people may have experienced.

The support of our beautiful community and from family, friends and people around the world has been overwhelming and we are humbled.  We feel the love and comfort that people are sending and this gives our family strength.  We thank everyone for their support, which we will continue to need as we begin this long journey of healing.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the other families who have also been affected by this tragedy.  We are forever bound together and hope we can support and find solace with each other. Sandy Hook and Newtown have warmly welcomed us since we moved here two years ago from England.  We specifically chose Sandy Hook for the community and the elementary school.  We do not and shall never regret this choice.  Our boys have flourished here and our family's happiness has been limitless.

We cannot speak highly enough of Dawn Hochsprung and Mary Sherlach, exceptional women who knew both our children and who specifically helped us navigate Dylan's special education needs.  Dylan's teacher, Vicki Soto, was warm and funny and Dylan loved her dearly.  We take great comfort in knowing that Dylan was not alone when he died, but was wrapped in the arms of his amazing aide, Anne Marie Murphy.   Dylan loved Mrs Murphy so much and pointed at her picture on our refrigerator every day.  Though our hearts break for Dylan, they are also filled with love for these and the other beautiful women who all selflessly died trying to save our children.

Everyone who met Dylan fell in love with him.  His beaming smile would light up any room and his laugh was the sweetest music.  He loved to cuddle, play tag every morning at the bus stop with our neighbors, bounce on the trampoline, play computer games, watch movies, the color purple, seeing the moon and eating his favorite foods, especially chocolate.  He was learning to read and was so proud when he read us a new book every day.  He adored his big brother Jake, his best friend and role model.

There are no words that can express our feeling of loss.  We will always be a family of four, as though Dylan is no longer physically with us, he is forever in our hearts and minds.  We love you Mister D, our special gorgeous angel.

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Police tape off an area around a car after a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
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Family members of comfort each other after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut where 27 people have died.
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Family members of comfort each other after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut where 27 people have died.
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Police patrol the streets outside Sandy Hook Elementary School after a shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in which 27 people have died.
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A mother comforts her children after the shooting.
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Two children comfort each other after the shooting.
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A teacher leads children across the parking lot to safety.
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Parents arrive to pick their children up from the the school.
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Parents arrive to pick their children up from the the school.
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Relatives of victims in the mass shooting react to the news.
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Police and emergency services set up their gear in the parking lot of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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Police search a building at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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Police tape off an area around an empty car.
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Police tape off an area around an empty car.
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Relatives of victims in the mass shooting react to the news.
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US President Barack Obama was visibly upset during a news conference about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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A woman weeps outside a building set up to counsel family members affected by a shooting nearby at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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The families of victims grieve near the school.
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A flag flies at half mast as a school bus passes along Main Street in Newtown, Connecticut.
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Families leave the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Department near the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut after dozens of people were shot dead, most of them children.
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Police walk through a cordoned off crime scene related to the shootings.
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Supporters of gun control legislation hold candles during a rally in front of the White House in Washington after the shootings.
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A vigil has been held at a church in Newtown, Connecticut, after dozens of people - mostly children - were killed in a mass shooting.
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Farah Sheikh of New York, takes part in a candlelight vigil in Times Square, for the victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting.
Victoria Soto
Victoria Soto, 27, is shown in this undated handout photo posted on Tumblr in her honour. Soto was one of six adults killed at a Connecticut elementary school.
Lauren Russeau
Lauren Russeau, 30, is shown in this undated handout photo posted on Facebook in her honour. Russeau was one of six adults killed at a Connecticut elementary school.
Mary Sherlach
Mary Sherlach, 56, is shown in this undated handout photo provided by her family. Sherlach was one of six adults killed at a Connecticut elementary school.
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A boy holds on to a man's coat while they hug at a makeshift memorial.
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A hearse carrying the casket of six-year-old Jack Pinto is driven to the Newtown Village Cemetery during his funeral service in Newtown, Connecticut.
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A Connecticut State Police Officer stands at an intersection in Newtown, Connecticut.
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Mourners leave Honan Funeral Home in Newtown, Connecticut, after attending a funeral service for six-year-old Jack Pinto.
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Mourners leave Honan Funeral Home in Newtown, Connecticut, after attending a funeral service for six-year-old Jack Pinto.
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A hearse carrying the casket of six-year-old Jack Pinto is driven to the Newtown Village Cemetery during his funeral service in Newtown, Connecticut.
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Students and adults embrace as they wait to enter Honan Funeral Home, where the family of six-year-old Jack Pinto were holding his funeral service, in Newtown, Connecticut.
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A boy waits to enter Honan Funeral Home, where the family of six-year-old Jack Pinto were holding his funeral service, in Newtown.
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Mourners leave Honan Funeral Home in Newtown, Connecticut, after attending a funeral service for six-year-old Jack Pinto.
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The victims of the massacre, top row, from left: Ana Marquez-Greene, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Emilie Parker, Noah Pozner. Second row: Jesse Lewis, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Charlotte Bacon, Chase Kowalski. Third row: Daniel Barden, Jack Pinto, Catherine Hubbard, Dylan Hockley, Benjamin Wheeler. Fourth row: Grace McDonnell, James Mattioli, Avielle Richman, Rachel Davino, Anne Marie Murphy. Fifth row: Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, Victoria Soto, Dawn Hochsprung, Nancy Lanza.
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Women hang balloons outside the Abraham L. Green & Sons Funeral Home, where Sandy Hook Elementary school victim Noah Pozner's funeral will be held, in Fairfield, Connecticut.
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A woman grieves after visiting a memorial for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.
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Mourners leave Honan Funeral Home in Newtown, Connecticut, after attending a funeral service for six-year-old Jack Pinto.
Dylan Hockley
LOST: Dylan Hockley moved to the US with his family two years ago.