Rangers Hold Moment Of Silence For Slain NYPD Officers

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, the two NYPD officers ambushed and executed in Brooklyn, were remembered during a moment of silence Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

Ten seconds later, the New York Rangers’ public address announcer introduced the color guard for the national anthem — four members of the NYPD, who walked onto the ice to a rousing ovation.

“I wouldn’t expect anything less,” Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh said after the 1-0 win over Carolina, according to the New York Daily News. “This is a great organization, this is a great city, and a great community.”

Liu and Ramos were shot dead in their patrol car on Saturday, an act that sent shock waves through the city. The suspect then turned the gun on himself in a nearby subway station.

“Everyone understands the importance of police officers, firemen, everybody who sacrifices their lives every day for our well-being,” said McDonagh, who has familial ties to first responders in his home state of Minnesota. “It’s unfortunate this had to happen, but I’m glad we were able to do that.”

The Jets also held a moment of silence before their game at MetLife Stadium, and center Nick Mangold held an NYPD cap over his heart during the national anthem. Giants coach Tom Coughlin paid tribute to the officers on his sideline apparel in St. Louis.

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