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Dylan Hockley's parents speak of their hope for gun control after Sandy Hook

Dylan Hockley Photo: Nicole Hockley

For the first time since that terrible December morning Ian and Nicole Hockley have spoken of their gorgeous little boy.

Challenged by autism, Dylan loved nothing more than to bounce on the family trampoline. Ian holds on to that memory.

They have launched a memorial fund for Dylan, focused on helping others with autism.

They are also part of Sandy Hook Promise, a newly launched group to promote the national conversation on gun law reform.

Last night Nicole shared with me the horror of the search for Dylan as she tried to locate him amid the chaos of the massacre. Her older son, Jake, was safe. There was no trace of Dylan, until he was found in his classroom, wrapped in the protective arms of his special needs teacher.

Ahead of the President's announcement on gun law reform later today, Nicole and Ian want Americans to engage in the national conversation and to listen to each other. The Hockleys deserve to be a powerful voice in the debate, all the more authentic because they do not pretend to have all the answers.

They live just a few doors away from the house where the gunman Adam Lanza killed his mother and began his rampage. Now Ian and Nicole are moving so they do not have to see the Lanza family home.

But the Hockleys are staying in Newtown. They still believe in this community. Nicole puts it this way: "Our hearts are broken; our spirits are not."

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