NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sunday marked six years since the murders of NYPD detectives Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. Their widows have since bravely channeled their pain into positive causes.

CBS2’s Lisa Rozner caught up with them on Sunday.

The laugh of 3-year-old Angelina Liu is a blessing for mom, Sanny Liu.

“Looking at her, I feel that I have a stronger bond with my husband,” Sanny said. “She smiles like him. She acts like him. The most, her caring personality.”

A picture of Wenjian Liu is positioned as
police officers attend a plaque dedication ceremony for two fallen NYPD officers at the 84th Precinct in Brooklyn on Dec. 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Sanny gave birth to Angelina in 2017 with preserved sperm from her late husband — NYPD Det. Wenjian Liu.

Six years ago — Dec. 20, 2014 — he was assassinated while sitting in a patrol car in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn with fellow Det. Ramos.

Police said the murderer was motivated by hatred for police, after the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

“It’s always like it happened yesterday,” Sanny Liu said.

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But she says every Dec. 20 she feels less sadness because of Angelina and decorates the Christmas tree for her.

Sanny has dedicated an entire room to Det. Liu for Angelina to learn more about her father.

She also adopted a comfort dog named Liu and started a foundation in her husband’s honor to train rescue dogs to help other line-of-duty families.

“I know how it feels that your loved one leaves the house in the morning and they’re not coming back,” Sanny Liu said.

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Det. Rafael Ramos remembered back in 2015. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Maritza Ramos, the widow of Det. Ramos, knows that pain, too. She started the Detective Rafael Ramos Foundation. On Saturday, toys were given out to students from four schools in Bed-Stuy, as opposed to just one in past years.

“To be here today in honor of him is an extreme blessing for me,” Maritza Ramos said.

She said it’s important for children to see police officers in a positive light from a young age.

Sanny Liu said if Angelina wants to follow in her father’s footsteps, she would be proud.

For more information on the Detective WenJian Liu Foundation and to donate, CLICK HERE. To learn more about the Detective Rafael Ramos Foundation, CLICK HERE.

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