Some of the parents of the young victim’s of Sandy Hook Elementary, who were slaughtered last month after a shooter open fired on them in a first grade classroom, gathered on Monday to express their grief and offer legislative recommendations for a safer school environment for children.
One of the couples who lost their Autistic son, Dylan Hockley, 6, in the massacre, revealed that they will be selling their house because they can see the shooter’s home from their home.
Mrs. Hockley said “You can’t drive up your driveway every day and see the house of a person who took your son’s life and who brought so much pain to so many people”.
Dylan died in the arms of a special education aide, Anne Marie Murphy, 52. The Hockleys said that Dylan loved Ms. Murphy, pointing to her picture on the refrigerator and squealing in joy everyday. The Hockley’s say are grateful that Dylan died in the arms of a loving woman who cradled him throughout the horrific event, trying to shield him from the barrage of bullets.
The Hockley’s, who previously lived in Hampshire, England, moved to Newtown, Conn. two years ago. They said they plan to stay in Newtown, but will move away from the killers house which keeps reinforcing their tragedy. Nicole Hockley said the ongoing sight of the shooters home is too much for her to bear.
According to the Daily Mail, the Sandy Hook families gathered voluntarily, under an organization co-founded by Thomas Bittman, who calls the group the “Sandy Hook Promise”. Bittman and Tim Makris, formed Sandy Hook Promise with the intention of making policy recommendations in effort to curb gun violence and bring awareness to mental illness. The group also wants to raise the level of school safety throughout the U.S.. ‘It is a way for the victim’s families to turn public outrage into a productive conversation about safer communities’, the co-founders said.
Ms. Hockley went on to say, “There is no quick-fix single action but instead a multitude of interlinked actions that are needed”.
The group held a press conference on Monday, with many of the victims families in attendance, gathered on a stage, holding their deceased children’s photos.
Ian and Nicole Hockely told CNN, “It’s inhumane, what happened to them [the children]. This is unthinkable”.
Ms. Hockley also said of Dylan what sums up the loss of so many of the slaughtered children, “He was so pure, so innocent”.