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Tens of thousands expected for funeral of NYPD officer

Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 01:52

Tens of thousands of police officers from around the nation and as far away as Canada are expected to arrive for the funeral of slain NYPD officer Raphael Ramos. Mana Rabiee reports.

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The coffin of slain NYPD officer Rafael Ramos was draped in the green, white and blue of the New York city police department... ....and carried into this Queens church by officers while his colleagues from his Brooklyn station house stood in salute. His funeral is on Saturday but family and loves ones began saying their final goodbyes at Friday's wake in Christ Tabernacle Church. SOUNDBITE: JUSTIN RAMOS, SON, SAYING: "He was my rock, beacon of wisdom...(cries) dad I'll miss you with every fiber of my being." Justin Ramos was in the middle of his sophomore year in college when his father was gunned down, along with his partner, by a gunman bent on killing cops, police say. SOUNDBITE: JUSTIN RAMOS, SON, SAYING: "My dad would have been there for everyone else and to see so many people here for him is a testament to who he is as a person. It has been so helpful during this difficult time." 40-year-old Ramos is being described as a family man, close to God and his church, who liked to work with children. SOUNDBITE: CINDY RAMOS, SISTER , SAYING: "I know you always worry about me, but you know how I roll because we were two peas in a pod. Never think, just do, and just hope for the best. Having you as my brother was one of the highest honors that could have been bestowed upon me." But total strangers, too, who never knew the officer, paid tribute to Ramos outside Christ Tabernacle. SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED MAN SAYING: "A lot of the officers thanked me. I said no need to thank me. I feel duty bound, as a citizen." National, state and city leaders will be at Saturday's funeral, including Vice President Jo Biden. But so, too will be TENS of thousands of officers, perhaps as many as 25 or 30 thousand by some accounts. They're arriving from St. Louis, Atlanta, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and many other cities across the country, including as far away as Canada.

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Tens of thousands expected for funeral of NYPD officer

Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 01:52