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Parents of CT school shooting victims promise to take action

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By: Melissa Toupin

mtoupin@abc6.com

Exactly one month ago today twenty first graders at Sandy Hook Elementary where gunned down in their classrooms along with six teachers and staff. Tonight a mother, originally from Cranston, who lost her little boy, shares her grief and determination to do something about it.

Nicole Hockley's 6-year-old son, Dylan, was one of the victims.

"Its been one month since I lost my son, Dylan, and 25 other families lost their loved ones. At times it feels like only yesterday and other times it feels as if many years have past," said Hockley. "I still find myself reaching for Dylan's hand to walk through a car parking lot or expecting him to crawl into bed beside me for early morning cuddles before we get ready for school."

On Monday Hockley stood in solidarity with other families who lost sons and daughters to make a promise.

"This is a promise to turn the conversation into actions. Things must change. This is the time," said Hockley.

Hockley is originally from Cranston where her parents, Dylan's grandparents, still live. She is part of the newly formed organization 'Sandy Hook Promise'. Their mission is to prevent another tragedy from happening.

"I knew that we had to act to help the families, my family, our community and the nation. We needed to do something," said co-founder Lee Shull.

The group will address tighter gun restrictions, mental health and safety in schools among other topics.

"Like everyone here we want to bring about changes that will stop a tragedy such as this from happening to any community ever again. Because this can happen in any community. Your community," said Jeremy Richman, father of Avielle Rose Richman, a shooting victim.

"This is a promise to do everything in our power to be remembered not as the town filled with grief and victims; But as the place where real change began," said Hockley. "Our hearts are broken; our spirit is not. This is our promise. The Sandy Hook Promise."

President Obama is expected to present a plan to confront gun violence within days. President Obama says the ideas that are on the table include a renewed ban on assault weapons and high capacity clips along with background checks for all gun buyers. The President is currently reviewing a series of proposals from Vice President Joe Biden who led a task force on ways to reduce violence after last month's shooting in Newton, Connecticut.

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