A peace memorial in honor of Ameer Al Shammari, the 13-year-old boy strangled last week, will be held this evening at the Delaware Park Rose Garden pergola.
The public is invited to join Ameer’s friends and family in honoring his memory and to call for nonviolence and peace for all during the 6 p.m. ceremony. Those planning to attend are being asked to wear white as a symbol of peace.
“This is an action calling for nonviolence that is leading us to be together as one strong community,” said Ali Kadhum, executive director of the Iraqi American Society.
Community leaders, including Mayor Byron W. Brown and School Superintendent Pamela C. Brown, are scheduled to attend the memorial.
The body of the Black Rock boy was found in an abandoned golf park off Amherst Street on May 3, less than 24 hours after Ameer’s family reported him missing. A 13-year-old neighbor was later arrested in connection with the death. Ameer’s family has said that he was learning English and had hopes of being a doctor or an engineer.
Iraqi American Society leaders will continue to collect donations through the YWCA for the family in order to support them in several ways in the coming days and weeks.