Funeral held for Dylan Hockley, 6, killed in Connecticut school shootings
10:52 22 December 2012
A couple who met and married in Norwich held the funeral for their six-year-old son yesterday.
Dylan Hockley was one of 20 children killed in the Connecticut shootings at Sandy Hook school on Friday December 14.
His parents Nicole and Ian both studied at the University of East Anglia and worked in the county before marrying in Norwich in 1993.
The family then lived in Hampshire before moving to America in January 2011 to start a new life with Dylan and his eight-year-old brother Jake.
Dylan died in arms of his favourite teaching assistant, Anne Marie Murphy, who was trying to shield him from the bullets of gunman Adam Lanza.
On Friday, 600 mourners said their final farewell to Dylan in Bethel, Connecticut.
Some of the mourners wore Dylan’s favourite colour, purple, in a service to celebrate his life at Walnut Hill Community Church.
A pipe band played as the family left the church following an hour-long service while 20 purple and six white balloons were released.
Ian, 42, worked for IBM in America while his wife, also 42, had specialised in marketing.
She had worked at Bernard Matthews and Norwich Union, while Ian, who did a degree in accountancy at the UEA, also went on to work for Norwich Union in the nineties.
Ian’s family who live in Peterborough flew out to America following the tragedy.
Before the funeral, the family described Dylan as “our special gorgeous angel”.