Diane Day, a therapist at the school, told the Wall Street Journal that she was in a meeting with Hochsprung about 9:30 a.m. when they heard shots. Hochsprung and a school psychologist ran toward the sound of the gunfire, Day said.
Hochsprung was the assistant principal at the middle school where George Hochsprung was working as a 7th grade math teacher when the two met and fell in love more than a decade ago. In an interview with CNN Sunday night, George Hochsprung said he had to propose marriage six times before Dawn, more than 20 years his junior, said yes.
Surrounded by four of their grown daughters, George Hochsprung described for a CNN reporter the retirement home in the Adirondacks that the couple had bought and outfitted with extra bedrooms for visiting children and grandchildren.
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"It was going to be Dawn's house, ultimately ... with all the children," he said, voice breaking. "And now it's me. I don't think I can do that."
Erica Lafferty, Dawn Hochsprung's daughter, told CNN her mother was a constant presence in her daughters' lives — "my rock."
"Every practice she was there," Erica said. "All of my sister's cheerleadering stuff, she was there. Every dance competition. She was doing homework on the bleachers, but she was there."
Lynn Wasik, whose daughter attends Sandy Hook, said Dawn Hochsprung could often be seen crouching down to speak to her students at eye level.
"She connected with the children," Wasik said.
Hochsprung maintained a Twitter account, from which she regularly kept her followers informed about what was happening at the school. Her last tweets were about setting up for a nonfiction book preview and her enjoyment of the 4th grade winter concert rehearsal – "a telnted group" she said.
— Kenneth R. Gosselin; Washington Post
Dylan Hockley, Age 6
According to news outlets in Great Britain, Dylan Hockley was born in Winchester, England, and his family moved from that country to Newtown in 2011. According to those reports his father is a native of Great Britain while his mother is American. Dylan's older brother was also a student at the school.
Dylan had lived across Yogananda Street from where the violence began. His neighbor, Nancy Lanza, was the mother of the suspected shooter — and apparently the first person killed Friday.
-- Ken Byron; Washington Post
Statement from the family of Dylan Hockley:
We want to give sincere thanks and appreciation to the emergency services and first responders who helped everyone on Friday, Dec. 14. It was an impossible day for us, but even in our grief we cannot comprehend what other people may have experienced.
The support of our beautiful community and from family, friends and people around the world has been overwhelming and we are humbled. We feel the love and comfort that people are sending and this gives our family strength. We thank everyone for their support, which we will continue to need as we begin this long journey of healing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the other families who have also been affected by this tragedy. We are forever bound together and hope we can support and find solace with each other.Sandy Hook and Newtown have warmly welcomed us since we moved here two years ago from England. We specifically chose Sandy Hook for the community and the elementary school. We do not and shall never regret this choice. Our boys have flourished here and our family's happiness has been limitless.
We cannot speak highly enough of Dawn Hochsprung and Mary Sherlach, exceptional women who knew both our children and who specifically helped us navigate Dylan's special education needs. Dylan's teacher, Vicki Soto, was warm and funny and Dylan loved her dearly. We take great comfort in knowing that Dylan was not alone when he died, but was wrapped in the arms of his amazing aide, Anne Marie Murphy. Dylan loved Mrs. Murphy so much and pointed at her picture on our refrigerator every day. Though our hearts break for Dylan, they are also filled with love for these and the other beautiful women who all selflessly died trying to save our children.