Friends and family say goodbye to Amsterdam victim
Family and friends gather to say goodbye to one of the victims in the Amsterdam shooting. As YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, aside from all of the tears, remembering happy memories of Paul Damphier brought smiles to people's faces.
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AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- "He would make everybody smile, anyway, he always had everyones back," said friend, Nick Lasher.
"He was a great friend, the most loving person you could ever meet," said another friend, Justin Santiago.
Hugs and tears are shared at Friday's service, as family and friends grasp on to any memento to help them through saying goodbye to the boy known as Pauly.
"This song represents him, he'll be missed all through out Amsterdam," said friend, Marissa Battisttino.
Paul Damphier, 16, and his friend, Jonathan DeJesus, 13, were killed July 9th. Former classmates, Anthony Brasmiester, 16, and Matthew Phelps, 15 have been charged with their murders.
Putting the grisly circumstances aside, family members said they are sticking together, to get through this tragedy.
"It's the love we have for each other, that's all we can do, love each other and get through this together," said Damphier's cousin, Corey Chaires.
"Just gonna miss his smile the joy he brings, always kept us laughing," said another cousin, Shirley Lewis.
Family members said Damphier had the ability to put a smile on a strangers face, and he spent most of his free time with family and playing sports. The close knit clan will certainly miss the teen everyday, but his cousin Cory said she'll especially miss him at family cookouts.
"He liked my ribs, my barbecue ribs, every time he'd do something I'd have to make my ribs," said Chaires.
The tragedy has made a huge impact on the entire city, and the family is just thankful for the support they have received.
Chaires said, "It feels good to know that the people, they care, they really do care. He's gone but he will never be forgotten."
"He was just, the best person anyone could ever ask for," said Santiago.