A best friend's loving letter to a slain Sandy Hook Elementary School pupil has gone viral on the internet.
"Jack, you are my best friend,'' began the letter to six-year-old Jack Pinto, who was killed along with 19 other first graders and six teachers in a mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, on Saturday.
In his child's scrawl, the first grader said: "We had fun together. I will miss you. I will talk to you in my prayers. I love you Jack. Love, John.''
Below the letter were two photographs of Jack and John together.
USA Today reporter Yamiche Alcindor tweeted a photo of the letter and the photos.
It has since had 1,638 retweets and 553 favourites.
Police say 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, Nancy, at her home on Friday before shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and opening fire on students and teachers. He shot himself to death following the rampage, authorities say.
At Jack's funeral in Newtown on Tuesday about a half dozen children wearing a wrestling club's gold medals took off the awards and gave them to their teammate's parents.
A New York Giants fan, Jack was wearing a red-and-white jersey with receiver Victor Cruz's number 80 as he lay in an open white casket at the service. During Sunday's game, Cruz wore shoes with 'RIP Jack Pinto' written on the side.
"Jack was an incredibly loving and vivacious young boy, appreciated by all who knew him for his lively and giving spirit and steely determination," his parents, Dean and Tricia Pinto, and brother said in his obituary in the Newtown Bee.
Active in sports from football to skiing, he was 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".
- With Reuters