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Family, friends remember Jack Pinto

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As we approach the one-year anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, where on Dec. 14, 2012, 20 children and six adults lost their lives, Eyewitness News will share a little about each person's life and how their families are honoring their legacies.

Jack Pinto had an ear-to-ear smile and playful blue eyes, and a baseball, football, fishing pole or anything else sports-related was always within his reach.

In January, USA Wrestling announced the Kiki Cup, an international competition, was to be renamed the Jack Pinto Cup. A coach said he was inspired after reading that Jack once lost a tooth in the middle of a wrestling match.

Without skipping a beat, he apparently handed it over to his coach and went right back to the match.

His favorite sports star was New York Giants wide receiver, Victor Cruz. After Jack's death Cruz wore cleats in his honor.

Even Jack's neighbors knew how big of a fan he was.

"I could remember seeing him and his dad playing in the front yard. He was the big Giants fan. He would always wave to me and I would wave to them," neighbor Bill Muzzio said. "And then I climb up our hill which is nothing easy to get up. So now every time I ride up the hill, I ride up and tap the mailbox and just ask them to give me the strength to finish strong."

Muzzio was also one of 26 cyclists who rode down to Washington, D.C. to raise awareness about gun safety.

"I do want to walk away from this knowing that I did as much as I could," he said.

Jack's parents said he loved spending some of his endless energy running through playgrounds, and in early May one was set up in his honor in Union Beach, NJ.

"It would have been Jack's 7th birthday on Monday and what a fitting present to give him. Beautiful playground that children will enjoy for years...clap."

If you'd like to make a contribution in Jack's memory, the family has set up the Jack Pinto Charitable Gift Fund which supports organizations dedicated to children and families.

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