Troy homicide victim remembered by teammates

December 30, 2017 06:19 PM

TROY – One of the Troy homicide victims whose life was tragically cut short was remembered by his teammates on Friday night.

Jeremiah "JJ" Myers, just 11 years old, loved playing basketball. The middle school student and his friends held court at the Troy Boys and Girls Club. His team donned shirts honoring Jeremiah's memory.

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The 30 shirts were donated by Awards by Walsh's in Cohoes. Dick's Sporting Goods in Latham gave sweatbands for the players, something JJ liked to wear when he played.

“He was a great member of our family, a great kid, [and he had a] smile on his face all the time,” said Troy Tigers head coach James Jordan. “These kids behind me looking happy, and that's because of the life that JJ lived. A very happy kid.”

“It's very hard, but we are staying focused by working and creating fundraisers, and just making it easy for our young people to cope,” said Tafari Harper of the Troy Boys and Girls Club.

A teenage brother to Jeremiah and sister Shanise was not there when they were killed. A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist Isaiah Smith. Some funds are also pledged to mental health services for those affected by the killings.

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