The son of a couple who met and married in Norfolk was among the 20 children killed in the Connecticut school massacre.

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The son of a couple who met and married in Norfolk was among the 20 children killed in the Connecticut school massacre.

Six-year-old Dylan Hockley was shot when gunman Adam Lanza rampaged through the school in Newtown on Friday.

His parents, Ian and Nicole, were both graduates of the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, and lived and worked in the county after they met.

The family moved to America in January 2011 from their home in Eastleigh, Hampshire.

Mr Hockley studied accountancy at the UEA, graduating with a BA, while his American wife Nicole completed an exchange year at the university in 1991.

They married in Norwich in 1993 and both went on to work for Norwich Union.

Mrs Hockley also worked as a marketing manager for Bernard Matthews.

Mr Hockley joined IBM in 1998 and, according to friends, he sought a transfer to America to pursue a better life for his family.

Dylan’s grandmother Theresa Moretti told the Boston Herald on Saturday: “He had the most mischievous little grin. To know him was to love him.

“As a grandmother, I’m heartbroken. As a mother, I’m devastated my daughter has to go through this. He was an angel and I think that’s now why he’s in heaven.”

In an interview with her local newspaper, The Newtown Bee in March, Mrs Hockley said the family felt “happy and comfortable” in their new home.

She said: “Newtown is a wonderful place to live and we’re looking forward to being here a long, long time.

“Being with my children is much more rewarding than I thought it would be, coming from a big career background. Spending time with my children gives me a lot of joy.”

The family lived just across the road from the killer, 20-year-old Adam Lanza. Lanza killed 20 children, all first graders aged six or seven, who were shot up to 11 times each.

He also killed six women, including school head Dawn Hochsprung, before turning the gun on himself.

His mother Nancy was also found shot dead at their home in the town.

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