New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz, after learning that he was the favourite player of one 6-year-old victim in the Sandy Hook shooting, wrote “R.I.P. Jack Pinto,” ”Jack Pinto, my hero“ and ”This one is for you“ on his shoes for the Giants game against the Falcons in Atlanta. Cruz said he called the boy’s family after hearing he was a Giants fan and was told they planned to bury him in one of Cruz’s No. 80 jerseys.
“It felt good to honour a family that was going through so much,” Cruz told ESPN. “Messages can go out to these athletes, and some athletes just brush them off. So it felt good to be one of these athletes that really listened to that family, and really did something to pay tribute to them.”
Cruz hopes to visit the family later this week, “even if it’s just for an hour” and spoke to the boy’s 11-year-old brother on the phone before the game.
I was just going to post something about this. Heart breaking again.