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Hampshire-born school shooting victim is laid to rest

The Hampshire-born boy killed by Connecticut school gunman Adam Lanza has been laid to rest.

The parents and brother of Dylan Hockley, six, released purple and white balloons after the burial yesterday.

His father Ian works for IBM, which has its UK headquarters in Portsmouth.

The family lived in Eastleigh until moving to America two years ago.

Dylan’s American mother Nicole told the congregation that she remembered asking him once why he flapped his arms when he got excited.

Dylan, who had a form of autism that hindered his language development, answered: “Because I am a beautiful butterfly.”

Mrs Hockley shared the story at the funeral at the Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, Connecticut, according to the New Haven Register.

She referenced the so-called “butterfly effect”, a theory that the flapping of a butterfly’s wings can cause a chain reaction that influences weather around the world.

At the end of the ceremony, spectators applauded as Dylan’s parents and his eight-year-old brother Jake released the balloons. Purple was Dylan’s favourite colour.

 

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