Dylan’s aunt, Judith Hockley, said her nephew had been “really looking forward” to moving to America and had quickly settled in at his new school.
He and his brother Jake, eight, were “best buddies” who did everything together and, as both were “confident lads”, they had already made many new friends.
Out of school, Dylan developed a love of martial arts, a hobby he shared with Jake and his father and that they had continued to pursue in the United States.
The family moved to the United States from Eastleigh, Hampshire, two years ago.
When choosing a home in Connecticut, Dylan’s parents, Ian and Nicole, had been keen to find an area where their sons could continue with their sports and Newtown appeared to seem ideal.
Judith Hockley, who is married to Ian’s brother Kevin, described the agonizing wait for news on Friday night and Saturday morning after the massacre at the boys’ school was reported.
“We knew something was up on Friday night,” she said. “We knew the boys went to that school. We were all waiting by the phone, then we heard confirmation very early on Saturday morning. The family is understandably heartbroken.”
“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. though our hearts break for dylan, they are also filled with love for Anne murphy and the other beautiful women who all selflessly died trying to save our children.”
“Dylan loved Mrs.Murphy so much and pointed at her picture on our refrigerator every day,” Dylan’s family said.
Dylan Christopher Jack Hockley, 6, beloved and cherished son of Ian Thomas and Nicole Marie (Moretti) Hockley of Sandy Hook, died tragically, December 14, with his friends, classmates, and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Dylan was born in Winchester, England, March 8, 2006.
In addition to his parents, his brother Jake Alexander Hockley of Sandy Hook; maternal grandparents Henry and Theresa (Gobidas) Moretti of Cranston, R.I.; paternal grandparents Thomas and Ivy (Dawn) Hockley of Eastrea, England; and uncles Kevin Hockley of Peterborough, England and Gary Hockley of Chicago,Il. survive Dylan.
A public memorial service is planned for Friday, December 21, at 1 pm, in the Walnut Hill Community Church, 156 Walnut Hill Road, Bethel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dylan Hockley Memorial Fund, 34 Charter Ridge Road, Sandy Hook CT, 06482.
The Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main Street, Newtown, is in care of arrangements.