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Balloons released at funeral of US shooting victim Dylan

The older brother of six-year-old Dylan Hockley, who was killed in the Sandy Hook School shootings last week, released purple balloons today at his memorial service.

The purple balloons - chosen as purple was Dylan's favourite colour - were released following the service at the Walnut Community Church in Bethel in Connecticut.

Jake Hockley releases balloons as people look on during the funeral service for his brother Dylan Hockley. Credit: REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Dylan's older brother, eight-year-old Jake, survived the mass killings. Their family moved to the US from Hampshire two years ago.

New York City Port Authority Bagpipers attend the funeral service for Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Dylan Hockley. Credit: REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Following Dylan's death, his family released the following statement: "Everyone who met Dylan fell in love with him. His beaming smile would light up any room and his laugh was the sweetest music.

"He loved to cuddle, play tag every morning at the bus stop with our neighbours, bounce on the trampoline, play computer games, watch movies, the colour purple, seeing the moon and eating his favourite foods, especially chocolate.

"He was learning to read and was so proud when he read us a new book every day. He adored his big brother Jake, his best friend and role model ...

"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 gorgeous angel."

British boy Dylan Hockley is laid to rest after US shootings

Sandy Hook School shooting victim Dylan Hockley's photo is displayed on his obituary during his funeral service in Bethel, Connecticut. Credit: REUTERS/Joshua Lott
Sandy Hook School shooting victim Dylan Hockley is seen in family photos in his obituary during his funeral service in Bethel, Connecticut. Credit: REUTERS/Joshua Lott

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