NEWTOWN, Connecticut (AP) — Dylan Hockley's mother remembers asking him once why he flapped his arms when he got excited.
Dylan, who had a form of autism that hindered his language development, answered: "Because I am a beautiful butterfly." Nicole Hockley shared the story Friday at the 6-year-old's funeral at the Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, Connecticut, according to the New Haven Register.
She referenced the so-called "butterfly effect," a theory that the flapping of a butterfly's wings can cause a chain reaction that influences weather around the world. Dylan's family moved to Connecticut two years ago from Hampshire, England. At the end of the ceremony, spectators applauded as Dylan's parents and brother released purple and white balloons. Purple was his favorite color.