Jack Pinto, one of the 26 victims killed by Adam Lanza in the tragic Sandy Hook school shooting in Newton, Conn. is being remembered by his idol, New York Giants star Victor Cruz.
Pinto will be one of the first of the 20 children to be buried, as his funeral is set for Monday.
"In life and in death, Jack will forever be remembered for the immeasurable joy he brought to all who had the pleasure of knowing him, a joy whose wide reach belied his six short years," Jack's family wrote in an obituary, according to CBS affiliate WFMY.
As Jack was a huge Giants fan, and more specifically, a Victor Cruz fan, his parents were said to be considering burying their son in Cruz’ No. 80 jersey.
Cruz said he was moved by the impact he had on Pinto’s life. He wrote on his sneakers the night of the Giant’s Sunday game against the Atlanta Falcons, "Jack Pinto, My Hero', 'R.I.P. Jack Pinto" and "This one is for you."
The New York Giants receiver told the Associated Press, “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 added, "It was very humbling to hear how big of a fan he was and how they were thinking about putting my jersey on him for the services. It was an emotional time. It really shows you what type of effect that athletes have on kids. Not just seeing you on TV. They want to be you. They idolize you. They wear your jersey everywhere. It really showed me how real it is to be a role model. It was definitely humbling for sure.”
Before the game, Cruz tweeted, “Today's game is for you, Jack.”
Cruz, 26, also said that he plans on spending time with Jack Pinto’s family, and giving them the gloves he wore during his Sunday game, the Daily Mail reported.