Candlelight vigils are scheduled outside three local police precincts tomorrow and Tuesday, Dec. 22-23, honoring the two NYPD officers assassinated in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 20.
The 104th Precinct Community Council announced it would hold its vigil at 7 p.m. Monday night in front of the 104th Precinct’s stationhouse, located at 64-02 Catalpa Ave., two blocks east of Fresh Pond Road.
People of all faiths are organizing a similar candlelight vigil tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. at the 108th Precinct’s Long Island City headquarters, located at 5-47 50th Ave.
Finally, the 112th Precinct Community Council will honor the lost officers at the precinct’s Forest Hills stationhouse, located at 68-40 Austin St., at 6 p.m. Tuesday night.
The three services pay tribute to Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, two 84th Precinct officers working an overttime counter-terrorism detail who were shot to death at 2:47 p.m. Saturday while sitting in their patrol car at the corner of Myrtle and Tompkins avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Ramos and Liu sustained gunshot wounds to the head and were pronounced dead shortly thereafter at Woodhull Hospital Center.
The shooter, identified as 29-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley of Maryland, reportedly took his own life moments after the shooting at the Myrtle-Willoughby Avenues G train station. According to police, Brinsley shot his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore earlier that morning, then traveled to New York City. Prior to the shooting, he reportedly posted on the social media website Instagram his intent to kill police officers to avenge the police-involved deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in Staten Island earlier this year.