On Monday morning, police swept the Fairfield funeral home with bomb detection dogs, and posted dozens of officers and state troopers outside.
“This is a time for the families to grieve, and we wanted to ensure that nothing, no deviant individuals, were going to do something that would require us to interrupt them,” said Chief Gary MacNamara of the Fairfield Police Department.
“No one should take away the opportunity for this family to grieve,” he continued. “We weren’t going to allow that to happen.”
In Newtown, Jack Pinto was laid to rest wearing a New York Giants football jersey with the number of his favorite player, receiver Victor Cruz. Jack was one of the youngest members of a youth wrestling organization, and dozens of boys attended in gray wrestling T-shirts.
Luke Wellman, 10, remembered a boy who loved football and worshiped Cruz, who played in Sunday’s game with “Jack Pinto ‘My Hero’ ” written on one of his cleats.
“I’m here to support my teammate and friend,” he said.
A mourner, Gwendolyn Glover, said the service carried a message of comfort and protection, particularly for other children. “The message was: You’re secure now. The worst is over,” she said.
During the service, a family friend, Mary Radatovich, said that from birth, Jack “commanded all the attention in a room. Who could ignore that beautiful energy, the sparkle in his eye, or that spirit that clearly said, ‘I am here and I am something special’? ”
“We cannot but feel the pain of losing him, but we will never forget the joy of loving him.”
A friend, Nolan Krieger, 8, left the funeral home rubbing his eyes. “I used to do everything with him,” Nolan said. “We liked to wrestle. We played Wii. We just played all the time. I can’t believe I’m never going to see him again.”
The same funeral home will conduct services for at least nine more victims in coming days.
Material from Globe wire services was included in this report. Bill Greene and John R. Ellement of the Globe staff contributed to this report.