As you may have heard, on Saturday, two police officers guarding a Bedford-Stuyvesant housing project were shot and killed in what appears to be a revenge attack for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. One was Officer Rafael Ramos of Cypress Hills and the other was Officer Wenjian Liu, who lived on West 6th Street in Gravesend.
More details about the slain officers are emerging. The New York Times reports that Officer Liu, whose family comes from Taishan, in the Guangdong Province of China, attended Kingsborough Community College and College of Staten Island, and worked as an auxiliary officer before joining the NYPD seven years ago. Officer Liu had gotten married just three months ago, throwing a large wedding party in the neighborhood, before he was killed.
The New York Times reports:
A wedding party spilled out of the officer’s small house in Gravesend, laughing and gathering in a yard the size of a cocktail napkin for photos. A limousine waited, headed to a reception at Super Lucky Seafood Restaurant on Eighth Avenue in Brooklyn, where all 30 tables were filled by some 300 guests.
“He had so many friends,” the manager said. “The place was packed.”
Officer Liu, a seven-year veteran of the force, wore a gray suit; his bride wore a white dress. On Sunday, they would have been married three months.
Instead, a worker at the florist down the block emerged from his shop on Sunday with a single white rose. He stuck it to Officer Liu’s front gate and walked away.
Officer Liu’s widow and family have been mourning privately, but a doctor who emerged from the home Sunday told the New York Times in Mandarin that Officer Liu’s widow was “inconsolable” and his parents devastated.
Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Officer Ramos and Officer Liu.