NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Thousands of uniformed police officers from across the country attended the funeral Sunday of the second NYPD officer shot to death with his partner in their patrol car two weeks ago.
Buddhist monks led a Chinese ceremony for Officer Wenjian Liu, followed by a traditional police ceremony with eulogies led by a chaplain.
Liu, 32, had served as a policeman for seven years and was married just two months when he was killed with his partner, Officer Rafael Ramos, on Dec. 20. Ramos’ funeral was held a week ago.
“A caring son, loving husband and a loyal friend,” Liu’s wife, Pei Xia Chen said. “You are an amazing man.”
Chen spoke eloquently of Liu’s love for the job and his devotion to his family, CBS2’s Jessica Schneider reported.
“Although he worked often, he would always make sure to take time for me — his number one fan — his family and his friends,” she said. Wenjian is my hero. We can always count on him.”
Chen weeped and wore white in her hair as a sign of her mourning as an officer presented her with the American flag.
While her husband’s colleagues saluted, she choked back tears.
Liu’s father spoke in Chinese, saying “Today is the saddest day of my life. My only son left me.”
He went on to talk about how his son would often meet him where he worked at the garment factory to walk him home, Schneider reported.
And after every shift, Liu would call his father to say, “‘Dad, I’m coming home today. You can stop worrying now.'”
Mayor Bill de Blasio also eulogized Liu at the funeral.
“All of this city is feeling the pain right now and all of this city wants to lift up the Liu family and the Ramos family, and remember their sacrifice,” the mayor said.
De Blasio told tales of the 32-year-old, especially his love for fishing.
Liu’s friend fondly recalled his knack for catching fish that was inevitably too much for his family alone to eat.
“He would always go to Long Island for fishing, bring back a lot of seafood the family couldn’t finish, so he’d send to us, to my family,” said Eddie Lee.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton addressed the fallen officer’s NYPD colleagues.
“To Detective Liu and Detective Ramos’ brothers and sisters in blue, the thousands of you who are lined up in those rainy streets outside: I am so proud of you,” he said. “A much larger part of this city, or this country…is proud of you too.”