Jack Pinto was a sports-enthusiast and a super-huge New York Giants fan. Noah Pozner was already a young engineer, a boy fixated with how things worked mechanically.
Both 6-year-old boys were laid to rest this afternoon, gone too soon.
In Newtown, Connecticut, family, friends and an entire nation mourn the murder of 20 students and seven adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School and today, both Jack and Noah were remembered for being smart, sweet children who will be sorely missed.
Noah's funeral was held at Abraham L. Green & Son Funeral Home on Beach Road in Fairfield. The entrance was decorated with a medley of balloons and a green sign fastened to an oak tree by the funeral home reading, "Our Hearts Are With You Noah."
Family members and friends placed teddy bears and a bouquet of white flowers with a single red rose at the base of a maple tree for the first-grader.
"He was just a really lively, smart kid," said Noah's uncle Alexis Haller, of Woodinville, Wash. "He would have become a great man, I think. He would have grown up to be a great dad."
Noah's twin sister, Arielle, was also at the school when the shooting rampage began, but she survived the attacks. Family members told news reporters that they are still trying to explain to young Arielle why she cannot play with her brother any longer.
"They were always playing together, they loved to do things together," his uncle Alexis Haller said. "When his mother, a nurse, would tell him she loved him, he would answer, "Not as much as I love you, Mom."
Little sports enthusiast Jack, who might be buried in New York Giants' wide receiver Victor Cruz's jersey, will also be laid to rest today. In honor of Jack, Cruz scribbled the words "Jack Pinto 'My Hero'" on one of his cleats and "R.I.P. Jack Pinto," on the other during the Giants game against the Atlanta Falcons.
From the outside of the funeral home honoring Jack, hymns could be heard and a message of comfort and protecting our children was given to the congregation over his open casket.
A fir tree opposite the funeral home was strung with paper angels carrying the names of everyone who died, including the teachers.
The funeral program bore a quotation from the Book of Revelation: "God shall wipe away all tears. There shall be no more death. Neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain."
Both families are grieving the death of their little boys and asking the same question: "why." As investigators try to figure out what transpired before and during the shooting, the families are left with the aftermath of burying their hearts and dealing with the pain.
We pray for Newtown. We pray for the protection of our children.
SOURCE: Huffington Post