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A New York Giants American footballer has paid tribute to six-year-old Jack Pinto who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.
Pinto was a big fan of wide receiver Victor Cruz and is expected to be laid to rest in the footballer's jersey.
Cruz tweeted a picture of his boots that he wore during the New York Giants' game with Atlanta, that donned the message: "Pinto my hero".
Staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School did everything they could to protect the children and the first responders to the massacre "saved many human lives", Connecticut State Police's Lt Paul Vance has said.
"It broke our hearts that we couldn't save them all," he added.
Connecticut State Police's Lt Paul Vance has said additional troopers have been assigned to work at the funeral services of the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre, which begin today.
The first funerals will be held later today for the victims of the US school massacre, three days after the gun attack, with mourners gathering at two services in Connecticut.
The family of Noah Pozner, the youngest victim of the Sandy Hook shootings having just turned six, will receive relatives and friends before a service at 1:00pm local time in Fairfield.
Noah will later be buried at B'nai Israel Cemetery in Monroe, Conn.
Mourners will meanwhile pay tribute to Jack Pinto, also six, at a 1:00pm funeral in Newtown.
Jack will then be buried at Newtown Village Cemetery. He is expected to be laid to rest wearing the jersey of his NFL hero Victor Cruz.