Memorial wall for Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu at 84th Precinct

Fallen officers to be remembered with station house memorial

The 84th Precinct station house is getting an outpouring of support following the murders of two of its officers in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
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The Downtown station house that lost two officers to a deranged gunman in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Saturday will get a memorial wall inside commemorating their lives, care of its community council.

“We want to do something permanent for these guys,” said Leslie Lewis, 25-year president of the 84th Precinct Community Council. “We are going to honor these guys forever.”

Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot dead by Ismaaiyl Brinsley as they sat in their squad car at Myrtle and Tompkins avenues on Saturday afternoon, cops said. Brinsley then ran into the Myrtle–Willoughby G station with officers in pursuit and shot himself in the head on the platform, according to the authorities.

In the days since, flowers and candles have piled up out in front of the Gold Street station house and officers and civilians have poured in to pay their respect. Inside, donations of coffee, donuts, and hot food are accumulating alongside flower arrangements.

The precinct’s commanding officer Capt. Sergio Centa tweeted his thanks on Sunday.

“The Men and Women of the 84 Precinct thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time,” he wrote.

Lewis said the murdered officers’ colleagues miss them terribly.

“It’s tragic. They really were good guys,” Lewis said. “They are well thought of by the guys in the precinct. Everyone has nice things to say about them. And what more can you want in life than for people to speak well of you?”

Mayor DeBlasio held a moment of silence at City Hall and one at a memorial near the murder scene on Tuesday and some of Manhattan’s most iconic buildings dimmed their lights in remembrance that evening. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton issued a statement praising the sacrifices of the two officers, and saying that flags will continue to be flown at half-staff at precincts around the city until after Christmas.

A viewing for Ramos is scheduled for 2 pm-9 pm on Dec. 26 at the Christ Tabernacle Church in Glendale, Queens. Funeral services are set to be held at the church on Dec. 27 starting at 10 am. Funeral arrangements for Liu have not been publicized.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260–8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Janice D from Marine Park says:
These two are not the first officers from this command who died prematurely in the line of duty.
Dec. 24, 2014, 4:28 pm
Artie from Bhurst says:
Janice D is right.
Dec. 25, 2014, 11:30 am
Barbara Hermann from Midwood, Brooklyn says:
I saw a fairly large group of Farrakhan supporters at the Junction getting ready to do something and I know that they preach hate and could cause problems. I am frightened to go out because I am minority in this neighborhood. I didn't know whether to call police to alert them if there is possible trouble.
Dec. 25, 2014, 1:10 pm
blood on many a hand from NYC says:
This is what happens when people act without thinking, when people want to "feel good" without considering the potential repercussions.

These men's lives came to an end because people couldn't control their emotions. Whether you pulled the trigger or inspired the one who did, responsibility belongs with all that protested and the mayor who did nada.

It's the saddest state of affairs when the police who protect us become the target.

Think about it while you sit home during this holiday in safety, exchanging presents with your loved ones, while the family of the slain officers exchange tears.
Dec. 25, 2014, 8:39 pm
here here from Brooklyn says:
Merry X-Mass to all the police, sorry about your fallen brothers, and thank you for all you do - we appreciate you!
Dec. 25, 2014, 8:53 pm
claire from cobble hill says:
"...will get a memorial wall inside commemorating their lives"? The officers are not "getting" anything, because they are no longer with us. Rewrite, please.
Dec. 26, 2014, 5:34 am
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
"Whether you pulled the trigger or inspired the one who did, responsibility belongs with all that protested and the mayor who did nada."

Dec. 26, 2014, 3:08 pm
Caruso the Great from Ft. Ham says:
BarBara Hermann: In retrospect, the Farrakhan supporters did no harm, except show us your prejudice.
Jan. 4, 2015, 11:04 am

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