Dylan Hockley Died In The Arms Of Classroom Aide During Massacre
NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victim Dylan Hockley had moved to Connecticut from England with his family two years ago, and died Friday in the arms of a classroom aide.
“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,” the family said. “Dylan loved Mrs. Murphy so much and pointed at her picture on our refrigerator every day.”
Murphy was one of the six adult victims who lost their lives in the Friday morning massacre.
Dylan’s parents said they specifically chose Sandy Hook and Newtown, Conn., and that their boys had flourished at the school.
Dylan’s teacher, Vicki Soto, who was also killed in the massacre, was “warm and funny, and Dylan loved her dearly,” his parents said.
Dylan’s family described him as an active boy with many interests.
“Everyone who met Dylan fell in love with him,” the family said. “His beaming smile would light up any room and his laugh was the sweetest music.”
Dylan loved to cuddle, play tag with the neighbors each morning at the bus stop, bounce on the trampoline, play computer games, watch movies, and eat his favorite foods – especially chocolate. He loved the color purple, and seeing the moon, and he adored his big brother, Jake, the family said.
“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,” the statement said. “We love you Mister D, our special gorgeous angel.”
In addition to Dylan, the child victims of the massacre were:
• Charlotte Bacon, 6;
• Daniel Barden, 7;
• Olivia Engel, 6;
• Josephine Gay, 7
• Ana Marquez-Greene, 6;
• Madeleine Hsu, 6;
• Catherine Hubbard, 6;
• Chase Kowalski, 7;
• Jesse Lewis, 6;
• James Mattioli, 6;
• Grace McDonnell, 7;
• Emilie Parker, 6
• Jack Pinto, 6;
• Noah Pozner, 6;
• Caroline Previdi, 6;
• Jessica Rekos, 6;
• Avielle Richman, 6;
• Benjamin Wheeler, 6;
• Allison Wyatt, 6.
The adult victims were:
• Rachel Davino, 29;
• Dawn Hochsprung, 47, the principal of the school;
• Anne Marie Murphy, 52;
• Lauren Rousseau, 30;
• Mary Sherlach, 56, the school psychologist who planned to retire next year;
• Victoria Soto, 27, a first-grade teacher.
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