At this very moment, the parents of Jack Pinto are doing the unimaginable. They are burying their six-year-old son, who was a victim of Friday's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Young Jack, a huge fan of the New York Football Giants, will be among the first of 27 innocent victims who will be buried this holiday season. Six-year-old Noah Pozner, who was described as "smart as a whip," will also be laid to rest today.
On Sunday, wide receiver Victor Cruz, who was Jack's idol and "hero", honored the boy by writing his name on both his cleats and gloves with the inscription "R.I.P Jack Pinto" and "My Hero." And now, as young Jack is laid to rest, he will find peace wearing Cruz's jersey.
"There's no words that can describe the type of feeling that you get when a kid idolizes you so much that unfortunately they want to put him in the casket with your jersey on. I can't even explain it," Cruz said.
Cruz plans to deliver both the gloves and cleats used in Sunday's game to the family, whom he also wishes to spend time with.
“When a family is facing that much tragedy,” Cruz added, “you want to be someone that inspires them and can put a smile on their face in a time where it’s tough to do that.”
In addition to Cruz's gloves and cleats, the entire team inscribed "S.H.E.S." on the back of their helmets to pay tribute to all of those who lost their lives on Friday.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families of those lost, the community and all of those affected by this unspeakable tragedy. And for Jack and his family, please remember: "Once a Giant, always a Giant!"
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