Noah Pozner, the Jewish boy killed in the Newtown school massacre, was laid to rest Monday in the first of a wrenching string of funerals for the victims of the senseless rampage.
The slain boy’s mother, Veronique Pozner, led scores of mourners at a packed funeral home in Fairfied, Conn. that was festooned in white balloons and floral arrangements.
“Every time I told Noah, ‘I love you,’ he always answered, ‘Not as much as I love you,’” his mother, Veronique Pozner, told mourners at his funeral, recalled Rabbi Edgar Gluck after the burial service.
In Noah’s obituary in the Newtown Bee newspaper, his parents and four siblings said, “Noah was an impish, larger-than-life little boy. Everything he did conveyed action and energy through love. He was the light of our family, a little soul devoid of spite and meanness.”
His uncle eulogized Noah as the fun-loving glue that held the family together. The boy loved to joke with his sisters that he secretly worked in a factory making tacos, which he loved to eat. When they called him out, he simply broke into a knowing smile.
“If Noah had not been taken from us, he would have become a great man,” said the uncle, Alexis Haller, of Woodinville, Wash. “He would been a wonderful husband and a loving father. He would have been a backbone of our family for years to come. His loss, and our loss, are deep indeed.”
“Our hearts are with you Noah,” read a sign affixed to a tree. State and local police are lined the street in front of the building. Elected officials mixed with gray-bearded Orthodox Jews and grief-stricken family friends.