School massacre victim Dylan buried

1:38am Saturday 22nd December 2012

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

The parents and brother of Dylan Hockley, six, who moved to Connecticut from Eastleigh, Hampshire, two years ago, released purple and white balloons after the burial on Friday.

His 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 the Hockley family released the balloons. Purple was Dylan's favourite colour.

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