(WTNH)–A day after flags across Connecticut flew at half staff honoring the innocents killed at Sandy Hoo, parents like Nicole Hockley talked about the continuing toll the tragedy is taking on their lives.
“We truly have been carried by our friends through this, at times we weren’t sure if we could stand and it’s only because of so many people out there that we are able to get up today,” Nicole said.
Her son Dylan was one of the 20 children and six educators killed at Sandy Hook elementary school by a gunman on December 14, 2012.
In the days since then, Mark Barden, who lost his son Daniel that day, says he has become much more aware about the issue of gun violence and the difference an individual can make in stopping the carnage.
“Daniel used to talk to the kid who sat alone. Sandy Hook Promise is an organization that I work closely with is doing just that.”
Ashley Cech was in college taking a final exam when she got a text about what happened at Sandy Hook. Her mother was librarian at the school.
“My first reaction wasn’t panic, there was no way anything bad could happen at Sandy Hook,” she said.
Her mom Yvonne made it out of the school with her life.
“Yesterday at 9:28 I felt a familiar lump in my throat. I stood firmly next to my mom wanting to be strong for her. The only way we got through the first few weeks after the shooting two years ago was by staying together,” Cech said.
That concept of ‘sticking together’ also a common thread among victim’s family members. Those loved ones also repeated several times today that every gun related death is a preventable death.
They promise to continue to push for gun reform efforts on the national level.