Queens basketball court where 14-year-old Aamir Griffin was killed by a stray bullet reopens – CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – A community in Jamaica, Queens takes back its basketball court after the murder of an innocent teenager there in 2019.
Since then, the kids were too scared to play it, but on Tuesday everything changed thanks to Love All’s project Hate No One, CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported.
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The Baisley Park Homes basketball court has a bright new look. Daja White took the first hit.
“He would be happy if these people were here for him,” said White, 17.
âHeâ is 14-year-old Aamir Griffin, White’s best friend. She was there in October 2019 when Griffin was hit by a stray bullet and killed while playing basketball, an innocent bystander.
âBasketball was his life. It was his way of getting out of the neighborhood, âWhite said.
With the exception of one or two organized matches, no one had really stepped on the field since Tuesday.
âLosing a game at 14 is part of life. Losing your life at 14 should never be part of anyone’s scenario, âsaid Ron Naclerio, Cardozo High School basketball coach.
âI love it. I love the colors,â said Shanequa Griffin, Aamir’s mother.
Wearing her son’s photo on a pendant and showing off his tattoo in his memory, Shanequa Griffin beamed as she spoke of the collaborative effort.
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âI love that the community got together and organized this for everyone to play. We needed it, âshe said.
Retail NYPD Tanya Duhaney was the family liaison after Aamir’s murder. She won a grant from the New York City Police Foundation to renovate the courthouse.
âWe had our elders painted here, our young people here,â said Duhaney. âWe have customs and borders there every day to paint with us. The state soldiers paint with us.
Project Backboard renovates public basketball courts with large-scale artwork and designed the painting.
âMake it more appealing to kids and families, encourage multigenerational play,â said Sam Peterson of Project Backboard.
The hope is that the court will inspire teens to pick up a basketball instead of a gun.
âIf we teach our kids not to play with guns and play with other things or do things that they like, they probably won’t pick up guns,â said Shanequa Griffin.
Aamir Griffin’s life was lost here, his goal of playing in the NBA gone.
They hope this tribunal will encourage someone else to think big now.
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No one has been arrested for the murder of Aamir Griffin. The NYPD said the investigation was ongoing.