The funeral for Ameer Al Shammari, 13, was held at the Masjid al-Eiman and Islamic Center on Connecticut Street on Buffalo's West Side Tuesday morning. Hundreds from the Islamic community turned out in support of the young boy’s family.
The young teen was found dead this past weekend after being missing since Friday. Tuesday morning, another 13-year-old was charged with 2nd degree murder in death of Al Shammari. WBFO News was in court during his arraignment where police would not confirm the identity of the suspect.
After the brief funeral services mourners piled out of the mosque in tears holding photo’s of Al Shammari. The photos were also taped to the cars of people driving to the cemetery.
Family friend Malikah Muhammed attended the services. She says Al Shammari was a lovable, sweet young boy.
“He was a good boy. I spent a considerable amount of time around him and his family and I know that about him. I know his family was a good family,” said Muhammed.
Muhammed says she also remembered the family was concerned that Al Shammari was being bullied at school. But, she says she believes the issues were being solved.
“We collectively need to become more aware. Although we have some wonderful things going on in our community and country we have some areas of concern that need to be addressed,” said Muhammed.
The 13-year-old suspect in Al Shammari’s death pleaded not guilty and no bail has been set.