Garrett Phillips' mom, Tandy Cyrus, and his uncle, Brian Phillips, want to make sure the community never forgets the12 year old.
He was killed in October 2011. Police say Phillips was found unconscious after being strangled in his mother's apartment in Potsdam and later died at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.
"He loved everybody, he'd do anything for everybody," his mother said. "He was a great kid."
His mother and uncle raised money to build a memorial behind Potsdam High School so his loved ones can reflect on the wonderful person Garrett Phillips was while looking at a plaque with Garrett's face on it.
"So, I just thought this memorial park would be a place where somebody could come and think about the good they can remember of Garrett," Brian Phillips said.
"He was pretty shy at first, but once you got to know him, he was really fun and outgoing," said his friend Cameron Talcott.
While the family wants people to remember Garrett, they also want people to remember that no one has been brought to justice nearly two years after he died.
Even though there have been no arrests, his family hopes people never give up on the quest to find his killer.
"All I would really ask the people is to still keep putting little clips in the paper, keeping the pressure on, so it's just not left on someone's desk," his uncle said.
Garrett's mom and uncle hope this park will motivate people to continue keep honoring his memory and fighting for justice for Garrett Phillips.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, Watertown, NY
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