NEW YORK (CNN) – The friends, family and colleagues of New York police officer Rafael Ramos gathered Friday to say goodbye. He was one of two officers shot and killed over the weekend by a 28-year-old man who posted anti-police sentiments on social media.
His wake comes on the same day as a generous donation was announced for the families of both officers.
A somber tone as officers dressed in their full formal uniforms carry the casket of their fallen colleague into the Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens, New York.
Officer Rafael Ramos was gunned down Saturday while in his patrol car. His partner, officer Wenjian Liu was also killed.
“We want to uplift them out of despair they’re in today,” said Frank Siller, CEO of Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
Just hours before the wake, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation announced their plan to assume the mortgage payments on the homes of both officers’ families.
“It’s important that we show Liu and Ramos family that we’re all coming together as community, New Yorkers and Americans,” said Siller.
Liu’s wife and uncle in tears, as they heard the news. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani pledged $20,000 to the cause and urged others to give what they can.
“You and I can go to bed. Our children can go to bed. Our parent can go to bed safe because this family and the Ramos family sacrificed their son, their husband, the breadwinner of the family,” said Giuliani.
As NYPD officers mourn two of their own, they remain on high alert. Seven people have been arrested in connection with alleged threats made toward police officers since Saturday’s shooting.
“Any statement suggesting violence towards the police need to be reported to the police so we can stop future tragedies,” said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.