District deals with tragic loss of student

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The death of 13-year-old Ameer Al Shammari has devastated many in the community. A 13-year-old suspect is charged with killing the boy.

The Buffalo School District is handling the tragic loss of a student and the arrest of another student for his murder. Buffalo Public Schools Chief of Student Support Dr. Will Keresztes told News 4, the district crisis team is actively working with students to make sure they’re okay.

“This is a tragedy that serves us notice that we have an obligation to come together,” said Dr. Will Keresztes.

The district has a crisis team that’s working with students who are suffering. First they send phone calls and notices to families and staff.There is also support for adults and students at the school.

“Typically that involves establishing room locations for anyone who needs assistance and immediately permitting students and opportunity to meet with counselors when they request it or believed to be in need of it,” said Dr. Keresztes

Ameer’s family was overcome with sorrow Tuesday as they laid him to rest.

The victim’s body was found on Saturday when a man walked by an old golf park on Amherst Street. News 4 has learned some new allegations. A source says there are indications of sexual assault against Ameer and that he was choked with a hoodie string. However the suspect is not facing charges related to those allegations.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said, “A 13-year-old now dead. A 13-year-old in custody. It’s very disturbing.”

Jean Sanchez pled not guilty Tuesday to murdering Ameer. The teen is being charged as an adult.

Derenda explained, “Numerous tips from the public led us to make arrests so quickly. The subject last night did make admissions to homicide detectives. As been reported we believe the murder was over a cell phone.”

Child Psychologist Dr. Kenneth Condrell says four-fifths of children who have murdered come from homes with domestic violence. He says children who have been mistreated from an early age can become very dangerous and it’s hard to rehabilitate them.

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