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Statement upon the Wake and Funeral of NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos

NEW YORK — Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement as the wake for NYPD officer Rafael Ramos was to begin this afternoon in Glendale, Queens:

“New York City’s greatness is sustained by officers like Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu — fathers and sons, brothers and friends just like the rest of us, but with the important difference that they face all kinds of unknown dangers every time they put on a uniform. Because of them we are safe. Because of them crime in our city has fallen to an all-time low.

“That these men’s lives were taken so violently and senselessly by a madman — a deranged career criminal — leaves us searching for cause and reason. But no formula of blame can remove profound sorrow from the hearts of those who have loved them, nor from us, the beneficiaries of their heroic service.

“We mourn Officers Ramos and Liu as if they were family because we deeply respect the unrelenting personal risks they have taken to shield us from harm. Our hearts are heavy with grief and gratitude.” Read more…

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