Matt Potter 4 p.m., Sept. 21
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Protect the Children Day" Obituary #6: Dylan Hockley
Dylan Christopher Jack Hockley, a blue-eyed six year-old who loved trampolines, plain spaghetti with garlic bread, and the color purple, had moved to Newtown from the United Kingdom at age four with his parents, Ian and Nicole, and his older brother (by two years) Jake. Dylan was autistic, “full of joy” and “incredibly empathetic,” said his mother, who remembered him as always smiling and with an infectious laugh. His father recalled how, "I'd say, 'Go out on the trampoline!' And he would always say, 'Are you coming, Daddy?’ If I didn't go, Dylan wouldn't go. He just wanted to have so much fun with me.” Together, they would bounce up and down on the trampoline, usually joined by Jake. Dylan was murdered, and his body found, in the embrace of Special Education Teacher Anne Marie Murphy, herself a mother of four, who had attempted to shield him and other students from the onslaught of bullets fired from the assault rifle wielded by the man who murdered them. Dylan was buried from Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, Connecticut, where his love of purple was remembered in the color of his mother’s blouse, his father’s shirt, and his brother’s tie.
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