NYC holds moment of silence for dual NYPD cop slay – New York Daily News

Mayor de Blasio led New York City in a moment of silence for two slain NYPD officers, with the duo’s somber colleagues simultaneously doffing their hats at the Brooklyn murder scene.

The embattled mayor, after issuing another appeal for unity in the aftermath of the double murder, bowed his head at 2:47 p.m. Tuesday inside City Hall — three days to the minute after the killings.

At the Bedford-Stuyvesant memorial created at the death site, a few dozen police officers and firefighters removed their hats and bowed their heads in honor of slain Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.

De Blasio kissed and hugged his wife, First Lady Chirlane McCray, when the moment of silence ended.

“God bless you all and please embrace those around you as a symbol of our belief that we will all move forward together,” the mayor declared.

Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray pay their respects to Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu on Tompkins Ave., Brooklyn, on Tuesday morning.Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray pay their respects to Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu on Tompkins Ave., Brooklyn, on Tuesday morning.

There was no sign of any activity inside Ramos’ Brooklyn home when the moment of silence occurred.

At One Police Plaza, an announcement echoed through the quiet hallways as officers at the security desk bowed their heads in unison.

“We honor their service,” the announcement said. “We remember their service and we mourn their loss.”

Carol Amon, chief judge of the federal Eastern District of New York, ordered flags flown at half-staff and a moment of silence throughout the U.S. courthouse.

Rudy Guiliani visits home of Raphael RamosDavid Wexler For New York Daily News Former New York Mayor Guiliani pays his respect to the Ramos family Tuesday.

The mayor and the first lady, in a silent Tuesday morning pilgrimage, left a bouquet at the Brooklyn site during a somber visit about five hours earlier.

The pair did not utter a word after placing their floral tribute on the sidewalk where the impromptu memorial appeared after Saturday’s killings.

They put the flowers down in front of a collection of burning candles left earlier by mourners who visited the sad site over the last three days.

The somber couple arrived shortly after 10 a.m. followed by a large media contingent, but neither spoke during their short stay at the slaying scene. De Blasio ignored questions from reporters.

BrooklynDavid Wexler for New York Daily News From left, religious leaders Reverand Dr. A.R. Bernard, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik and Rev. Jimmy Lim spent time with the Ramos family Tuesday morning. 

The couple was accompanied by the pastor of their church, and he offered a brief prayer as the trio stood side by side beneath a sidewalk canopy.

The mayor kissed his wife on the cheek before they left separately in waiting SUVs.

Ramos, 40, and Liu, 32, were assassinated Saturday afternoon by a deranged gunman who came up from Baltimore with the stated goal of killing a cop.

Ramos’ cousin Ronnie Gonzalez and his weeping wife arrived at the memorial later in the day clutching a plaque honoring their murdered relative.

De Blasio and McCray made their tribute in silence.Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News De Blasio and McCray made their tribute in silence.

Gonzalez absolved the mayor of any blame in the death, and said his family accepted the condolences offered by killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s family.

“I hope I can meet with them in some way and grieve together,” said Gonzalez. “I’d like to meet them and say, ‘Thank you for feeling sorry for us.'”

Ramos’ sister Sindy, speaking outside her slain brother’s Brooklyn home, called on the city to unite instead of fight in the aftermath of the pointless killings.

“I need people to stop the crap, get it together,” she said Tuesday. “We’re supposed to be family. We’re not supposed to be enemies.”

Ramos and Liu were gunned down by Ismaaiyl Brinsley as they sat in their patrol car on Tompkins Ave. and Myrtle Ave. in Brooklyn on Saturday.Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News Ramos and Liu were gunned down by Ismaaiyl Brinsley as they sat in their patrol car on Tompkins Ave. and Myrtle Ave. in Brooklyn on Saturday.

She praised her hero sibling and said her own family was trying to keep it together despite the devastating death of Ramos just five days before Christmas.

“My brother was a simple, humble man,” said Shirley Ramos. “But to see how many people loved him — it’s just amazing, amazing.

“All we can do is stick together as a family. The NYPD now is our family, and they have been totally amazing.”

A group of religious leaders — including Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, and the Revs. Jimmy Lin and Dr. A.R. Bernard — visited Tuesday with the family on a day when Ramos’ oldest of two sons marked his birthday.

Cops have been arriving to pay their respects in a steady stream since the killings.Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News Cops have been arriving to pay their respects in a steady stream since the killings.

The Ramos family is “very proud of him, and we want to bring a little bit of sweetness into their world of sorrow,” Potasnik said afterward.

Sindy Ramos also sent along her family’s condolences to the family of Officer Liu.

The newlywed Liu’s wife of three months was home Tuesday morning when seven members of the sanitation police arrived at her house to leave flowers and candles. They spent a moment in silent reflection before departing.

“It’s a terrible tragedy,” said Lt. William Corey, one of the mourning septet. “It’s hard to pick up the pieces when a fellow officers passes. It’s hard to move on.”

Minutes before de Blasio arrived at the murder scene, more than a dozen city sanitation workers pulled up in their trucks and left behind a giant wreath.

A steady stream of police officers was still visiting the scene where their two colleagues were blasted while sitting in their patrol car.

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