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Saying goodbye to his little brother: Family of British Sandy Hook victim, 6, who died in his favorite teacher's arms release balloons in his memory
Funerals also held for Olivia Engel, 6, Madeline Hsu, 6, Grace McDonnell, 7
The school's psychologist, 56-year-old Mary Sherlach, and behavioural therapist, 29-year-old Rachel D'Avino, were also laid to rest
21:08 GMT, 21 December 2012
Releasing balloons outside the church in Bethel, Connecticut on Friday, eight-year-old Jake Hockley bid a somber farewell to his little brother, a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
Six-year-old Dylan Hockley, who moved from England two years ago, was remembered at a funeral in Walnut Hill Community Church, a week after became one of 26 victims gunned down at the school.
His parents paid tribute to their energetic, loving son in the service before helping Jake release the purple balloons – Dylan's favourite colour – as their faces were etched with pain.
As mourners arrived at the church, they were handed an order of service crammed full with colourful, smiling photos of the family's fondest memories with the young boy.
Pain: Nicole and Ian Hockley stand with Jake, 8, following the funeral of their youngest son Dylan, 6
For his little brother: Jake Hockley is pictured releasing purple balloons in remembrance of his brother
To the heavens: The balloons fly above the church on Friday afternoon as the congregation stands below
American-born Nicole and her
British-born husband Ian previously spoke about their 'gorgeous angel'
who was found dead in the arms of his favourite teacher, Anne Marie
The special needs teacher, who was laid to rest following her own funeral in New York on Thursday, had tried to shield the young boy from the bullets, but also lost her life.
The Hockleys said they took 'great comfort' in the knowledge that son Dylan did not die alone as the gunman went on his murderous rampage through the school.
They hailed Dylan's teachers, including principal Dawn Hochsprung, psychologist Mery Sherlach and his class teacher Vicki Soto, who also died in a desperate bid to protect the pupils.
Remembered: Dylan, who moved to the U.S. from England two years ago, is pictured on his order of service
Celebrating a young life: Further happy family photographs adorn the inside of the order of service
Loved: More images show the life of the young boy who loved playing tag and cuddling with his family
'We cannot speak highly enough of Dawn
Hochsprung and Mary Sherlach, exceptional women who knew both our
children and who specifically helped us navigate Dylan's special
'Dylan's teacher, Vicki Soto, was warm and funny and Dylan loved her dearly.
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.
'Dylan loved Mrs Murphy so much and pointed at her picture on our refrigerator every day.
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
Brave faces: The Hockleys stay silent and close as they mourn the loss of their youngest family member
Hurt: Bagpipers play as Nicole Hockley, center, and her son Jake look on at the end of the funeral
Comfort: Two sobbing women embrace outside Walnut Community Church in Bethel on Friday
Tears: Mourners, wearing Dylan's favourite colour, purple, cry as they leave the church service
Saying goodbye: A funeral was held at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel on Friday for Dylan Hockley
Heroic: Dylan, left, was found wrapped in the arms of his teacher Anne Marie Murphy, left, who also died
Remembering their son, Mr and Mrs
Hockley added: 'Everyone who met Dylan fell in love with him. His
beaming smile would light up any room and his laugh was the sweetest
'He loved to cuddle, play tag every morning at the bus stop with our
neighbors, bounce on the trampoline, play computer games, watch movies,
the color purple, seeing the moon and eating his favorite foods,
'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. We love you Mister D, our special
They said Dylan was learning to read and was 'so proud' when he read them a new book every day.
Tribute: A procession leaves a church after the funeral of the school's behavioural therapist Rachel D'Avino
Service: The casket of Miss D'Avino is carried into the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Connecticut
Heartbroken: Mourners struggle to contain their tears as they leave the funeral mass for D'Avino on Friday
Heroes: Miss D'Avino is pictured left. School psychologist Mary Sherlach, right, was also laid to rest today
Hockleys moved into
a house on the same street as the mother of the gunman. They said their
boys flourished in the town and the family's happiness had been
specifically chose Sandy Hook for the community and the elementary
school,' they said. 'We do not an shall never regret this choice.'
Following an almost unbearable processions of funerals in Newtown this week, three other young students were laid to rest.
were held for six-year-olds Olivia Engel and Madeline Hsu and
seven-year-old Grace McDonnell, while there were visitations for Emilie
Parker, six, and Josephine Gay, seven.
school's psychologist, 56-year-old Mary Sherlach, and behavioural
therapist, 29-year-old Rachel D'Avino, were also laid to rest.
Missed: Olivia Engel, 6, will also be laid to rest today. Mourners pay their respects at her wake on Thursday
Innocent: Funerals were also held for Madeleine Hsu, 6, and Grace McDonnell, 7, on Friday
Victim: A funeral was also held for Olivia Engel, six. In the service, speakers recounted her last moments where a police officer picked her up while she was still alive and told her 'I love you'
Pain: Women embrace after observing a moment of silence nearby Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday
Miss D'Avino, who was remembered at a funeral in her hometown of Bethlehem, Connecticut, died just two days after her longtime boyfriend asked her parents for her hand in marriage.
He was going to propose to her on Christmas Eve.
After the massacre, it emerged that Miss D'Avino, who only began working at the school this fall, tried to draw the shooter away from children at the school, but was killed in the process.
Her friend Lissa Lovetere said teaching special needs children was a calling for Miss D'Avino.
'She had that gift, that maternal instinct. She cared for people,' Ms Lovetere told MailOnline on Sunday. 'Working with special needs children was her forte.'