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
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Hopefully people listen to their statements!
The killing of two NYPD officers over the weekend was perpetrated by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a man who said via social media that he was doing it in retribution for the lives of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
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Both Garner's and Brown's families have released statements and spoke to the media condemning Brinsley's act, as well as anyone who would think to do the same.
Eric Garner's daughter Emerald Garner even went to the memorial site for Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos on Monday, where she laid down a wreath and spoke to ABC News.
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This is such an awesome thing!
Tragically, NYPD officer Rafael Ramos was executed this weekend while on patrol in his car — and he left behind two sons. 13-year-old Jaden Ramos is still in middle school and Justin attends Bowdoin College in Maine.
Luckily, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner started the Yankee Silver Shield Foundation in 1982, which pays for the education of children who lost a parent in the line of duty. So, both of the boys will still get to have the best schooling possible.
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The other officer, Wenjian Liu, was a newlywed who had no children.
Steinbrenner started the foundation when he saw an
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This is heartbreaking.
NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos is one of the men who was murdered on Saturday in Brooklyn, and he sadly left behind his 13-year-old son Jaden Ramos.
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Following the horrible shooting, Jaden posted a message to his Facebook, saying:
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Just one day after two NYPD officers were shot in Brooklyn, another former NYPD policeman was killed in Florida.
17-year veteran Charles Kondek was on-duty for the Tarpon Springs Police Department at 3am on Sunday morning. There was a complaint that a suspect was knocking on doors at the Villa Plumosa condos, which is what he was responding to.
Kondek, a father of five, was tragically shot and killed while responding to the call.
According to reports, the suspect was driving a white Hyundai Elantra and sped away before he crashed into a pole and another car, then was apprehended.
This is the first officer since 1969 that has been killed in the line of duty in Tarpon Springs. The police department released a statement, saying
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This is chilling stuff.
Two NYPD officers were tragically executed in Brooklyn on Saturday, and the shooter has been reportedly identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley.
Brinsley was reportedly a gang member form Baltimore who wounded his girlfriend after he shot her in the stomach. He then drove to New York City to kill the police. He posted some Instagrams before the shooting, warning people of what he planned to do.
One of the two graphic images (above) said
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This is completely tragic.
It's being reported that two NYPD police officers were shot in Brooklyn at around 3pm on Saturday, in what one law enforcement source called "an execution." The shooting took place near the Tompkins Houses apartment buildings at Myrtle and Tompkins Avenues. Both officers have reportedly died.
The gunman reportedly was "pumping bullets" into their patrol car, which they were sitting in. The gunman then ran to a nearby subway station, where he was shot and killed. It's not clear if the police shot him or if he killed himself.
A high-ranking police official said:
"The perp came out of the houses, walked up behind the car and lit them up."
This is a completely tragic situation. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of these officers.
[Image via Twitter.]
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