Flushing Candlelight Vigil Honors Slain Officers

Flushing Candlelight Vigil Honors Slain Officers

 Last Tuesday night's vigil in Flushing honored the service and sacrifice of slain NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. Photo Courtesy of Borough President Katz's Office and the 107th Precinct Community Council

Last Tuesday night’s vigil in Flushing honored the service and sacrifice of slain NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.
Photo Courtesy of Borough President Katz’s Office and the 107th Precinct Community Council

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz offered her condolences and commended the organizers of the event. Photo Courtesy of Borough President Katz's Office and the 107th Precinct Community Council

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz offered her condolences and commended the organizers of the event.
Photo Courtesy of Borough President Katz’s Office and the 107th Precinct Community Council

Law enforcement personnel, residents from communities across Queens, civic leaders and elected officials last Tuesday paid respect to two city police officers killed in the line of duty in a somber candlelight vigil outside the 107th Precinct stationhouse in Flushing.

In a symbol of unity organized by the precinct community councils of Patrol Borough Queens South, hundreds gathered at Parsons Boulevard and 71st Avenue to pray for Det. Rafael Ramos and Det. Wenjian Liu and their families.

Ramos and Liu were ambushed as they sat in their marked vehicle outside a Brooklyn housing development by a crazed gunman in what he characterized on social media as an act of vengeance on behalf of unarmed black men recently killed by cops.

Featured speakers at the vigil included Asst. Chief David Barrere, PBQS commanding officer, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Public Advocate Letitia James, selected clergy members, and 107th Precinct Community Council President Carolann Foley.

Ramos and Liu were posthumously promoted to detective first grade from the rank of police officer by NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. Liu was buried after a funeral in Brooklyn last Sunday, while the ceremony for Ramos’ was held in Glendale on Dec. 27.

 

By Michael V. Cusenza

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