NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Funeral arrangements have been made for fallen NYPD Officer Brian Moore.
The 25-year-old officer died Monday, two days after being shot in the head while sitting in an unmarked squad car in Queens.READ MORE: Yonkers Home Destroyed In Fire, But No Injuries Reported
Candles cast a soft glow into the May night, at the memorial to the slain cop at the 105th Precinct station.
“It’s heartbreaking. He’s young. He basically didn’t even start his life yet,” Sukhwinder Kaur told CBS2’s Tony Aiello.
Parents came with children, many too young to understand the loss that the memorial represented, but they could marvel at the beauty of the flowers and tributes to understand one thing.
“He was a good cop,” Preetpal Kaur said.
Memorials inside and outside of the station house were bursting with colorful flowers as members of law enforcement stopped by to pay their respects.
“It’s a shame. He tried to do his job. This is a shame. I feel so sorry for his parents, I really do,” Jennie Roman, a retired correction officer, told 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon.
On Tuesday night, Moore was honored at Citi Field where the Mets played his favorite team, the Baltimore Orioles.
Mets players wore NYPD hats during batting practice.
“Hopefully his family understands that although it’s hard to understand what they’re going through, but we’re here for them,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said.
During the 7th inning stretch a fellow officer sand God Bless America and the crowd showed its appreciation and support.
Moore’s body was driven from Manhattan to a Long Island funeral home Tuesday. The hearse was led on the Long Island Expressway by an NYPD ambulance and police escort.
Chopper2 was over the LIE as the procession made its way to the funeral home. People stopped on the expressway to show their respect, saluting the officer, CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported.
About 50 people, including colleagues from Moore’s precinct, awaited as the procession carrying his body arrived at Fredrick J. Chapey and Sons Funeral Home in Bethpage. Visitation is planned there Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Moore’s funeral is planned for 11 a.m. Friday at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Seaford.
“He’s like a brother to me,” said childhood friend Pat Davis. “He was a people person, he brings people together. When you find out Brian’s gonna be some where, you want to be there because you want to be around him.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered flags on all state government buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of Moore from Tuesday until his burial. The Mets will also honor Moore at Tuesday night’s game against Baltimore by having a moment of silence and showing his image inside and outside Citi Field.
Charges against the accused gunman, 35-year-old Demetrius Blackwell, will be upgraded to first-degree murder, which, if he’s convicted, carries a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Blackwell was charged earlier with attempted murder and other crimes. He’s being held without bail and hasn’t entered a plea. His attorney has denied the charges.
Assistant District Attorney Peter McCormack said Moore and patrol partner Erik Jansen, 30 — both in plain clothes in an unmarked police car — approached Blackwell on a Queens Village street after seeing him tugging at his waistband around 6:15 p.m. Saturday and asked him, “What are you carrying?”
The officers ordered Blackwell to stop and exchanged words with him. That’s when Blackwell turned, the prosecutor said, and “in a vicious manner, started to fire.” Blackwell allegedly opened fire before the officers could get out of their car.