TEMPLE HILLS, Md. (WJLA) - Hundreds of family members and friends joined to remember the life of Amir Brooks-Watson, the teen who died following a dirt bike crash last week.
Calling hours were held prior to the funeral which got underway at 11 am Saturday at the Southern Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Temple Hills.
At 17-years old, Amir Brooks-Watson collected many friends. Together, they held on to each other as they came to say goodbye.
"I still can't believe that I am at his funeral," said Tanera Thomas, a friend.
"I never lost anyone," described another friend.
They say Amir's bright smile lit up a room.
"He made people smile all the time," said Erykah Webb, a friend.
And music ran through Amir's veins.
"My teacher would say ‘get off the drums,’" said Tyra Buckner, a friend.
Amir's death is controversial.
Several motorcycle clubs rode to the funeral in support of Amir.
"We have to come together to support our families," said Dee "Wheelie" King, a motorcycle club president.
Amir's friends want the teen to be remembered by how he lived, not how he died.
"That he was not a bad person, the way he died made it seem like he was...he was probably just scared," said Erykah Webb, a friend.
Amir's family raised money online to help pay for this funeral. As of Saturday, they still needed $5,000.
The investigation into Amir's death is ongoing.