Dylan's family, including his English father, American mother and older brother, had moved from southern England to Connecticut in January 2011.
A former neighbor of the Hockley family told Reuters of a feeling of devastation upon hearing the news: "Heard about the tragedy when it happened. To be honest slightly brushed it off - these things happen in America. Got a phone call from a neighbor this morning explaining that the young boy was involved, can't believe it. It suddenly brings it back into focus that yes, it is a tragedy, and they are all so young as well."