NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mourners gathered in Brooklyn Saturday afternoon to pay their respects to NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu.
A wake for Officer Liu was held from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Aievoli Funeral Home in Brooklyn.READ MORE: SEE IT: Clever Pup Facilitates Great Escape From New Jersey Doggy Day Care
However, as CBS2’s Weijia Jiang reported, after the official end of the wake, a large crowd was still present at the funeral home.
As 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported, officers stood in the rain in their dress blues, waiting to pay their respects to Liu.
The Los Angeles Police Department sent a dozen officers.
“We wanted to show our love and support to the NYPD, their families — the officers’ families in particular,” one LAPD officer said.
The wake blended NYPD and Buddhist tradition, Jiang reported.
“Asian people bow three times to show respect to the officer, then we go to the receiving line of the families. We embrace them,” Councilman Peter Koo said.
Even complete strangers attended the services, including Charles Wong, of Flushing.
“He died for us, not just himself but for the entire city,” he said. “So I think this is where I felt we should come and pay him the respect.”