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Remembering two young Buffalo brothers

Posted at 7:56 PM, May 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-19 21:02:18-04

The memory of two young Buffalo brothers killed in a tragic accident will now live forever inside their school.

Amir and Shamel Middleton died in a car accident last month.

On Friday, Buffalo United Charter dedicated a classroom to the boys.

Through memories and tears, classmates, teachers and family gathered to celebrate the lives of the two young brothers.

"These two fine young men were great examples of what we hope our Buffalo United scholars strive to be. I hope you all remember your time with them fondly."

9-year-old Amir Middleton and his 11-year-old brother Shamel were killed in a car crash the day after Easter near Rochester. The man driving their SUV reportedly fell asleep behind the wheel.

Their mother, Shenaya, who was also in the car, escaped with minor injuries.

On Friday, two trees were planted in front Buffalo United Charter School in memory of the brothers. Students drew pictures and made cards for the family.

Friday would have been Shamel's 12th birthday.

"I always told them about life. I told them to be the best men they can be. You know just to be as happy as they were," said their mother.

Amir and Shamel were set to stay with their grandfather in North Carolina for the summer.

He made the trip to Buffalo for the ceremony. He holds on to some video games he bought for the boys to remind him of the short years he had with them.

"Before all of this happened I had bought them games for the system. They didn't believe that I had them so I skyped them. They kept asking me for them. But you know what they never got a chance to play the games I bought them to play on the system," said their grandfather.

"They are not gone, they are not forgotten as long as they stay in your hearts they will always be remembered."