A vigil was held in Brooklyn Sunday to remember the two fallen New York Police Department officers, WABC, New York reported. Rafael Ramos had just turned 40 and Wenjian Liu was 32 when Ismaaiyl Brinsley allegedly shot them in the back of the head as they were eating lunch in a patrol car. Brinsley, 28, who had a series of arrests in three states, claimed the shootings were revenge for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
— Linsey Davis (@LinseyDavis) December 21, 2014
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams asked protesters to stop rallying until the slain policemen were put to rest. "We want to send a very clear and loud message that what happened yesterday was a strike at public safety and that which we hold dear," he said. "We are asking all New Yorkers to turn this page into purpose. ... All lives matter."
A moment of silence was held at Madison Square Garden for the officers and their families before the Carolina Panthers took on the New York Rangers.
— NHL (@NHL) December 22, 2014
In the midst of the family’s mourning, the New York Yankees revealed they would pay for the education of Ramos’ children through George Steinbrenner's Yankee Silver Shield Foundation, the New York Daily News reported. The organization will cover the costs for Ramos' son Jaden, 13, to go to school, and also pay for Ramos’ other child who is already in college. Liu had just gotten married and did not have any children, the Daily News said.
Jaden called Saturday "the worst day of my life” in a gut wrenching Facebook post. "He was the best father I could ask for. It's horrible that someone gets shot dead just for being a police officer. Everyone says they hate cops but they are the people that they call for help. I will always love you and I will never forget you. RIP Dad."
PzFeed shared a picture Jaden posted of himself with his father and wearing his NYPD hat.
This photo of fallen NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos and his son is just heartbreaking. pic.twitter.com/ImKbQwfL76
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