Rafael Ramos was laid to rest on Saturday, one week after he and his fellow NYPD officer Wenjian Liu were ambushed and shot in their police cruiser.
The service was held at Christ Tabernacle Church in the Glendale neighborhood of Queens, New York. Ramos was said to be a deeply involved member of the congregation.
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On Friday, pastor Ralph Castillo recalled Ramos' dedication:
"Whether he was helping a mom with a carriage or bringing someone to their seats, he did it with so much love and so much vigor and so much joy."
According to his fellow NYPD officers, Ramos was even studying to become a pastor himself.
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Vice President Joe Biden and NYC mayor Bill de Blasio were among the thousands of mourners. JetBlue offered free transportation to 670 law enforcement officers from around the country to attend and pay their respects in person. Reportedly, the VP told Ramos' family:
"I speak for whole nation that our hearts ache for you. I do hope you take some solace in the fact that there is 25,000 of the same fraternity who will stand with you and stand with you for the rest of your lives."
The funeral did not take place without incident.
A plane with a banner claiming de Blasio didn't support law enforcement enough flew throughout the city Saturday morning.
In the last couple of days, over 40 threats were made to NYPD officers, and at least seven arrests were made.
Officer Liu's funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.
Our thoughts go out to both officers' families.
[Image via AP Images.]
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