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The boy with the beaming smile was born in Winchester, England.
The Hockley family moved from England to Connecticut two years ago and found Sandy Hook Elementary School to be a great fit for their two boys.
Dylan had special needs, his parents, Ian and Nicole Hockley, told the Connecticut Post.
“We do not and shall never regret this choice,” the Hockleys said. “Our boys have flourished here and our family’s happiness has been limitless.”
Dylan was learning how to read and looked up to his older brother, Jake, the family said.
The family praised principal Dawn Hochsprung, psychologist Mary Sherlach, Dylan’s teacher, Victoria Soto, and his special education teacher, Anne Marie Murphy, for truly knowing their son. All four educators died in the massacre.
At nearly 7 years old, James Mattioli, who his family called ‘J’, loved to sing at the top of his lungs, ham sandwiches from Subway and being his father’s “mini-me”.
“James was especially thoughtful and considerate, always the first to welcome guests at the backdoor with a hug and his contagious smile,” an obituary for the first grader said.
James loved doing crafts with his older sister, Anna, who was helping her brother advance his reading skills.
And the first grader was caring, recently foregoing a gift for himself so he could use the money to buy his grandfather a mug for Christmas.
James’ mother, Cindy, is a native of Sherrill, N.Y.
“It’s a terrible tragedy, and we’re a tight community,” Mayor William Vineall told the Utica Observer-Dispatch. “Everybody will be there for them, and our thoughts and prayers are there for them,” he added.
Josephine Gay celebrated her 7th birthday Dec. 11. Friends and family describe the first-grader, who had a “joyful and giving spirit,” as “a gift.”
Josephine had two sisters, Sophia and Marie. Friends and family have been asked to wear Josephine’s favorite color, purple, in her honor.
Charlotte dreamed of being an animal doctor when she grew up.
The 6-year-old “never met an animal she didn’t love,” her obituary said.
The lively first-grader also enjoyed practicing Taekwondo with her brother, Guy, and her father.
Charlotte’s parents, Joann and Joel, had lived in Newtown for four or five years, Joann’s brother John Hagen, of Nisswa, Minn., told Newsday.
“She was going to go some places in this world,” Hagen told the newspaper. “This little girl could light up the room for anyone.”