The widow and parents of one of the police officers fatally shot on Saturday made an emotional first visit to the Brooklyn street where he died. Pei Xia Chen and Wenjian Liu's mother and father, along with other relatives, brought flowers to Tompkins Avenue at Myrtle, where they wept and bowed to pay their respects. The flowers from the parents had a ribbon that read, "To my dear son: I love you, always and forever. From: Mom and Dad."
Police Officer Liu, 32, and Police Officer Rafael Ramos, 40, were fatally shot in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon. The killer, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, turned the gun on himself on a subway platform after being pursued by police.
The Daily News, which has video of the visit, reports, "Gut-wrenching moans of disbelief broke the eerie silence in Bedford-Stuyvesant before Chen knelt at the street memorial... The slain cop’s mother nearly collapsed upon entering the tent filled with flowers and burning candles in honor of the officers ambushed on Saturday... As the nine family members sobbed and screamed, a line of uniformed NYPD officers stood stock-still behind them at attention."
The family also placed flowers at the site in honor of Ramos. Ramos's widow, Margarita and eldest son Justin, a sophomore at Bowdoin College, went to the 84th Precinct to clear out his locker. Justin Ramos thanked everyone for their support: "Knowing that my father was a universally loved man has made the healing process just a bit easier for our family. My father was an incredible man. He was a hero to [little brother] Jaden and me. He was an incredible husband to my mother, and he was really a dedicated officer. And he really cared about the people of NYC... He was the embodiment of compassion and care, and we are all truly blessed to have him to be part of our lives. We are going to miss his loving presence and I can’t even begin to fathom what life is going to be like without him."