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Amsterdam community pays respects to murdered teen


AMSTERDAM, N.Y. - The Amsterdam community is still coming to grips with the murders of two of two teens, on Wednesday they said goodbye to one.

"I see everyone and just wanted to cry I mean this is crazy, but it's good to have everyone come around and give respect to both of them," said Destinie Dueno.

Dueno, was one of hundreds of teenagers from the Amsterdam area to enter the Betz, Rossi and Bellinger Funeral Home Wednesday to say goodbye to 13-year-old Jonathan DeJesus.

Jonathan's body was discovered last Thursday in a field in the neighboring Town of Florida. The body of 16-year-old Paul Damphier was also found. According to police they were both shot to death.

"He was just a really good kid he didn't deserve what he got," said friend Victor Colon.

"I just wish I could have seen him before he died, it just hurt me," said Tony Pair, another friend.

Two fellow Amsterdam teenagers, 16-year-old Anthony Brasmiester and 15-year-old Matt Phelps, have been charged as adults for second-degree Murder.

Many friends of the victims attended the viewing by way of bicycle or even skateboard. Several paid tribute by bearing the pictures and names of Jonathan and Paul on their clothing.

"We miss them and we really love them a lot like friends, and we did this just for them," said Kacharra Ortiz, another friend, who had "R.I.P. Jonathon and Paul" drawn on her shirt and pants.

Pair said he was actually making t-shirts himself and selling them, giving the profits to the victims' mothers in order to help pay for the funerals.

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