BUFFALO, NY – A passing bicyclist found the body of a 13-year-old boy in the area of Amherst and Churchill streets in the city's Black Rock neighborhood, Buffalo police are saying.
Homicide Squad detectives and Crime Scene Unit personnel were called to the scene Saturday afternoon at about 3:30 p.m.
"There are signs of foul play in this death investigation," said Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives.
The teen, Ameer Al Shammari, had been missing since Friday. He was last seen in the vicinity of Amherst and Peter streets around five o'clock Friday afternoon. Chief Richards said Sunday that homicide detectives have been canvassing the neighborhoods where the boy lived and where his body was found.
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the confidential Tipcall line at 716-847-2255. Investigators say a blue bicycle may have been taken from near where the body was located, and would like to talk to anyone with information about it.
Shammari's family is affiliated with the the Iraqi American Society of Buffalo. We talked to members on Saturday who told us the organization was notified when the body was found. They said their main priority now is to comfort the family, who has been living in Buffalo for about a year-and-a-half.
On Sunday, the Buffalo Public Schools superintendent's office issued the following statement:
It is our great sorrow to learn of the untimely death of a student of Waterfront Elementary #95 this past weekend.
The District Crisis Team will join the school's Student Support Team to provide counseling and will be assigned to the school until further notice. Counselors will also be available for students, parents, and staff.
As a school community, we will do all that we can to comfort those students, staff and family members who are most affected by this tragic end to a young life.