BUFFALO, NY -- Saturday, voices became united in peace, sharing their grief at the loss of a young life to a horrifying murder. The community came together to honor the short life of a 13-year-old boy who touched the lives of others.
A peace memorial was held at the Delaware Park Rose Garden Saturday night to remember Ameer Al Shammari, and demand an end to the violence that took him from his family.
People who attended dressed in white as a symbol of peace and held pictures of Shammari. A peace song was sung in Arabic and Iraqi poetry was read at the memorial.
Members of the Iraqi American Society want to send a message of peace and let the Shammari family know the community is grieving with them during this tragedy.
The executive director Ali Kadhum said, "We believe all of our community when we come here, we are the future of hope and peace."
Ameer Al Shammari was a 13-year old learning how to speak English and he had hopes of being a doctor or engineer.
City, county and state leaders spoke about how this tragedy has been a loss to the community and how Ameer will be remembered.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said, "I think that it's important that we keep the memory of someone alive who believed in this country, who believed in the hope and opportunity of America and what it could mean."
Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools Dr. Pamela Brown said, "His life had meaning and will inspire others to go on and do great things."
Speakers talked about the importance of stopping the violence and remember all those affected by it around the world.
"We left our country because we face a lot of violence and we come to the peaceful land. This is what we expect and we will keep this peace with us," Kadhum said.
Ameer Al Shammari's family moved from Iraq a year-and-a-half ago for a better life. Ameer loved to play soccer in Delaware Park.