Teammates, family honor 14-year-old fatally struck by stray bullet in Queens

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BAYSIDE, Queens— Several Junior Varsity basketball teams in Queens participated in a basketball tournament at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School Saturday — all to honor 14-year-old Aamir Griffin.

The host school’s basketball team was seen warming up and playing their first game in the tournament Saturday afternoon on the same court they played with Griffin.

His friends, family and teammates were all wearing special shirts and headbands in his memory.

During the Cardozo game, Griffin’s teammates hit but nothing net, with standing ovations from the crowd. His teammates said Saturday’s win was for Griffin.

Griffin was shot and killed on October 26 at a court near his home in the Baisley Park Houses in Jamaica.

Griffin was a freshman at Cardozo High School and just joined the J.V. basketball team in September.

According to the team’s coach, the 14-year-old was already making a name for himself.

Following the game, a dedication ceremony was held, where members of the Brooklyn Nets gave special jerseys to Griffin’s parents to honor him and his talent on the court.

“It was great playing for Aamir, getting the win for him, everything for Aamir,” said teammate Sharif Nelson.

Griffin’s aunt said the family is humbled by all the support, but coping with his loss around the holiday season is hard.

“It’s really hard because of the holidays and events like this being on certain emotions with everyone.”

Money raised from the games will go towards Griffin’s family.

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