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Balloons Fly To Celebrate Dylan Hockley's Life

Families, friends and the community remember Hockley, a 6-year-old victim of the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook School shooting, at Bethel's Walnut Hill Community Church.

Dylan Christopher Jack Hockley was a British emigrant who "couldn't wait to move to America," according to the UK's Telegraph newspaper. His life was taken Dec. 14, during the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. According to the Connecticut Post, he died in teacher Anne Marie Murphy's arms.

On Friday, his parents, Ian and Nicole Hockley, took in family, friends and the community to celebrate his life in a memorial service at Bethel's Walnut Hill Community Church. About 600 mourners attended, according to church communication director Lisa Siedlecki.

After the service, Dylan's brother Jake stood between his parents and released 25 purple and white balloons for victims of the shooting — and then one final one for Dylan. As mourners watched, the New York / New Jersey Port Authority Pipe Band performed "Amazing Grace."

Golden December 24, 2012 at 01:50 PM
RIP angel...
Joyce Maxwell December 25, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Please, people, I understand wanting to celebrate Dylan's life, but can we find a better way to do it? Animals have been injured trying to eat the balloons, both attacking them in the air, and on the ground, when they land. I'd rather see something safer and more permanent than letting balloons go. RIP, Dylan. We have all prayed for your precious soul. I also pray for the soul of the shooter. He was obviously suffering from a mental disorder, and I believe he was as much a victim of his own mind as the children.
Joe The Plumber December 25, 2012 at 09:17 PM
shut up joyce.

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