New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz followed through on a wish he expressed Sunday and visited the family of Jack Pinto, a 6-year-old Cruz fan who was shot to death Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Pinto was buried Monday in one of the first of the funerals for the 26 victims of the shooting and Cruz, who honored the little boy by writing his name on his shoes Sunday, visited with family and friends Tuesday in Newtown, Conn.
Cruz, according to the New York Daily News, spent 45 minutes with the family. Jack Pinto was buried in a No. 80 Cruz Giants jersey and the visit was kept very private.
“Much love to the entire Pinto family. Great people with huge hearts,” Cruz tweeted after leaving the family’s home. “Looking at life through a different lens.”
Giants Coach Tom Coughlin said he was “incredibly proud of what he’s done. That family will remember that all their days. And hopefully some of their grief might at least temporarily be spent in being able to embrace Victor Cruz. The fact that he went and did that speaks volumes about what he has inside.”
Cruz misted up when he was asked by reporters about the family’s decision to bury Jack in the replica jersey he’d worn on days when the Giants played.
“You never go through some circumstances like this,” he said. “This was definitely the toughest by far.”