Flowers, candles, and stuffed animals are seen at a makeshift memorial in Newtown, Connecticut. CREDIT: REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Veronique Pozner, mother of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Noah Pozner, walks to his gravesite for his burial at B’nai Israel Cemetery in Monroe, Connecticut. CREDIT: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
The two funerals on Monday ushered in what will be a week of memorial services and burials for the 20 children and six adults massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Mourners packed into the funeral for the youngest victim, Noah Pozner, age 6.
“Every time I told Noah,’I love you,’ he always answered,’ Not as much as I love you,” his mother, Veronique Pozner, told mourners at his funeral, recalled Rabbi Edgar Gluck after the burial service.
At the funeral of Jack Pinto, also 6, in Newtown, about a half-dozen children wearing a wrestling’s club gold medals took off the awards and gave them to their teammate’s parents. A New York Giants fan, Jack, was dressed in a red-and-white jersey with receiver Victor Cruz’s number 80 as he lay in an open casket.
“Jack was an incredibly loving and vivacious young boy, appreciated by all who knew him for his lively and giving spirit and steely determination,” his parent, Dean and Tricia Pinto, and brother said in his obituary in the Newtown Bee newspaper.
In Fairfield, a teddy bear and bouquet of white flowers lay at the base of an oak tree outside the Jewish service for Pozner, whose twin sister, Arielle, escaped unhurt.
“Noah was an impish, larger-than-life little boy,” his parents and four siblings said in an obituary also in the Bee. “Everything he did conveyed action and energy through love. He was the light of our family, a little soul devoid of spite.”