Dylan Hockey died 'in the arms' of Sandy Hook teacher: family


People embrace at a prayer service to reflect on the violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School at St. John Episcopal Church on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.


Mario Tama

Dylan Hockey's last moments were shot through with the tender abandon of a six-year-old child: bullets flying, he was hugging. 

“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 Hockey family said in a statement released Monday, according to CBS

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Dylan was one of 20 child victims, Murphy one of six adult victims of the shooting at the Connecticut elementary school on Friday. 

The British boy had moved from the UK to the United States with his parents and older brother two years ago, said BBC News

"We love you Mister D, our special gorgeous angel," the family said in a statement released by local police. 

"Though our hearts break for Dylan, they are also filled with love for these and the other beautiful women who all selflessly died trying to save our children," the statement read, returning to finish with a heartrending tribute to their son: "Everyone who met Dylan fell in love with him," they said. 

"His beaming smile would light up any room and his laugh was the sweetest music."

Two of the child victims of the shooting were buried on Monday.