Newtown Holds First Funerals for the Victims

Family, friends gather to mourn 6-year-old boys

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Dec 17, 2012 3:01 PM CST

(Newser) – A grief-stricken Newtown today began burying the littlest victims of the school massacre, starting with two 6-year-old boys—one of them a big football fan, the other a mischievous, whip-smart youngster whose twin sister survived the rampage. Family, friends, and townspeople streamed to two funeral homes to say goodbye to Jack Pinto, who loved the New York Giants and idolized their star wide receiver, and Noah Pozner, who liked to figure out how things worked mechanically. "If Noah had not been taken from us, he would have become a great man. He would been a wonderful husband and a loving father," his uncle Alexis Haller told mourners, according to remarks he provided to the AP.

Both services were closed to the news media. Noah's twin, Arielle, who was assigned to a different classroom, survived the killing frenzy by 20-year-old Adam Lanza that left 20 children and six adults dead last week at Sandy Hook Elementary. At Jack's Christian service, hymns rang out from inside the funeral home, where the boy lay in an open casket. A mourner, Gwendolyn Glover, said the service carried a message of comfort and protection, particularly for other children. "The message was: You're secure now. The worst is over," she said. 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."

Families embrace while surrounded by children wearing Newtown school shirts outside the funeral for six-year-old shooting victim Jack Pinto in Newtown, Conn., Monday, Dec. 17, 2012.   (Charles Krupa)
A hearse and family limousines for shooting victim Jack Pinto rolls past a flag at half staff as the funeral procession heads through the historic district in Newtown, Conn., Monday, Dec. 17, 2012.   (Charles Krupa)
Veronika Pozner waves to the assembled press as she leaves after a funeral service for her son, 6-year-old Noah Pozner, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Fairfield, Conn.   (Jason DeCrow)
Names of victims hang on a U.S. flag on a makeshift memorial in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn., as the town mourns victims killed in a school shooting, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012.   (Julio Cortez)
Police officers comfort one another outside a funeral service for 6-year-old Noah Pozner, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Fairfield, Conn.   (Jason DeCrow)
Studens embrace while wearing Newtown school shirts outside the funeral for six-year-old student shooting victim Jack Pinto in Newtown, Conn., Monday, Dec. 17, 2012.   (Charles Krupa)
A couple pause at a memorial outside town hall in Newtown, Conn., Monday, Dec. 17, 2012.   (Charles Krupa)
An ornament for Noah Pozner hangs on a tree at one of the makeshift memorials for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 in Newtown, Conn.   (Mary Altaffer)
Barbara Wells of Shelton, Conn., holds her daughter Olivia, 3, as she pays her respects Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at one of the makeshift memorials for the victims of the shooting.   (Mary Altaffer)
Mark Sorrentino, of Naugatuck, Conn., pays respects near a U.S. flag donning the names of victims on a makeshift memorial in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn., Monday, Dec. 17, 2012.   (Julio Cortez)
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