Paul Damphier and Jonathon DeJesus were found dead last month and two other teens have been charged with their murder.
On Saturday friends, family, neighbors, even complete strangers called for an end to the violence.
Donning shirts with the words, “R.I.P Paul and Jonathon,” dozens of kids hit the courts for a 3-on-3 fundraiser.
“We couldn't be more happy. This is great, it’s a great day for Amsterdam,” explained Amsterdam Police Lt. Robert Richardson.
The community came out in droves, with more than 44 teams playing in the "Stop the Violence" basketball tournament.
It was organized by friends and family of Paul Damphier and Jonathan DeJesus, the two Amsterdam teens found shot to death in a field last month.
“The community support has been unbelievable. Donations have come in, individuals have sponsored teams, it’s been great community support,” said tournament director TJ Czeski.
Lt. Richardson is hoping the community support will help raise enough funds to start an Amsterdam youth program, to keep these kids off the streets and out of harm's way.
“We're hoping through this youth group, we can deliver the message of good citizenship, and respect for neighbors,” he said. “We are trying to get more kids involved so that we don't lose kids that fall through the cracks.”
If you want to donate to help the community get that youth program started, call Calvin Martin at (914) 510-3425 or Casey Martin at (518) 332-7113.