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(NECN: Jen Eagan, Newtown, Conn.) - Jack Pinto loved sports. The first grader is beaming in his Little League picture.
On Monday, a dreary, gray day in Newtown, Conn., the 6-year-old was laid to rest. Family and friends comforted each other as they waited in a raw drizzle along Main Street to pay their final respects.
Jack, a first grader at Sandy Hook Elementary is remembered by his relatives as an incredibly loving and vivacious little boy. Luke Wellman is friends with Jack's older brother, Benjamin. He knew Jack loved NFL player Victor Cruz.
"His favorite team is the Giants and he talks about how great he is," said Luke.
Word that one of the victims of Friday's shooting was a big New York Giants fan reached Jack's favorite player. Cruz wrote a message on his cleats for for Jack and wore them during Sunday's game.
"I thought it was really nice how he wrote Jack's name on his shoes," Luke said.
Luke's mother, Karen, said Newtown is forever changed.
"Luke came as a teammate today," she said. "That is who we are. That is who Newtown is. We are here for the Pintos."