NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An NYPD baseball cap surrounded by flowers, teddy bears and candles marks the spot where two police officers were killed by a gunman in Brooklyn who was targeting law enforcement.
Tributes have been pouring in from around the country for officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu as their families prepare for the funerals.
A viewing will be held for officer Ramos between 2 and 9 p.m. on Friday at the Christ Tabernacle Church located at 64-34 Myrtle Ave. in Queens, CBS2 reported. A funeral service will be held at the same church at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
“He was a family man, he was very serious with his job and with his family,” said Antonio Garrastegui, who was among those paying respects at the memorial Monday.
Garrastegui said officer Ramos, who was completing training to become a chaplain to help ease police-community relations, saved his life. Ramos befriended him after arresting him nearly two year ago and encouraged him to leave his life of crime.
“He didn’t deserve to die like that,” Garrastegui said. “Not like that.”