Sunset Park Funeral Set for 2nd NYPD Officer

NEW YORK (AP/Hamodia) -

The second of two New York City police officers to be buried after a daylight ambush will be mourned at a funeral in Sunset Park this weekend.

The funeral for Officer Wenjian Liu will take place at the Aievoli Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The funeral home is at 1275-65th Street, on the outer edges of Boro Park, and Assemblyman Dov Hikind is urging members of the Orthodox community to attend as a show of solidarity with the police department.

“The brave men and women of the NYPD risk their lives every day to protect us,” said Hikind, a Brooklyn Democrat. “We are more than appreciative of what New York’s Finest do,  and we should convey that. Their loss is our loss.”

Vice President Joe Biden and thousands of officers were among those who remembered Liu’s partner, Officer Rafael Ramos, at a funeral Saturday. They were shot to death inside their patrol car Dec. 20 by a gunman who had expressed solidarity with anti-police protesters.

The funeral arrangements for Liu took some time, as he had relatives traveling from China.

On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that $120,000 has been raised to support the families of the two officers through the Fallen Heroes Relief Effort. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a charity created after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, said Sunday it raised $250,000. Contributions poured in from as far away as Hawaii, Italy and Britain.

Charities say they want to raise $800,000 to pay the home mortgages for the officers’ families.