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Slain NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu Honored At Funeral

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Under light rain, New York City residents and officers paid their respects on Sunday to Wenjian Liu, the NYPD officer who was ambushed and murdered with his partner Rafael Ramos as they sat in their patrol car.

Liu, 32, had served on the force for seven years when he was murdered on December 20. He had married just two months before. His wife, parents and family members were joined by thousands of NYPD officers at Aievoli Funeral Home in Dyker Heights for the service, according to Fox News.

Liu’s widow, Pei Xia Chen, said Wenjian took great pride in being a New York City police officer, while his farther said that his dream of becoming a police officer deepened after the September 11 attacks.

[quote text_size=”small” author=”– Pei Xia Chen” author_title=”Officer Liu’s widow”]

Even though he left us early, I believe that he is still with us. His spirit will continue to look after us.

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Liu’s father broke down during a speech, saying the funeral was the “saddest day of his life.”

Many officers attending the funeral chose to make their frustrations with New York City mayor Bill de Blasio apparent by turning their backs to him as he paid tribute to Officer Liu, according to the Washington Post.

Police Commissioner William Bratton had previously said that such behavior was “inappropriate,” adding that politics have no place in a funeral service to honor a fallen officer, and that the mayor was a representative expressing the city’s despair. The move deepened hostility that has gripped the police department.

Bratton had urged officers to avoid political statements during Liu’s funeral in a memo that said, “A hero’s funeral is about grieving, not grievance. I issue no mandates, and I make no threats of discipline, but I remind you that when you don the uniform of this department, you are bound by the tradition, honor and decency that go with it,” according to Reuters.

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