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The two New York City police officers assassinated in a targeted attack have been identified as recently-married Wenjian Liu and father-of-two Rafael Ramos.
The pair were eating lunch in their patrol car at 2.47pm on Saturday when 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley crept up behind their patrol car and shot them both in the head – before turning the gun on himself.
It was their first day working in a new precinct of Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant area.
Based on Brinsley’s chilling Instagram posts hours before, the execution-style attack appeared to be a meticulously calculated act of revenge for the death of Eric Garner.
Liu, 32, married his fiancee two months ago – having joined the NYPD in 2007.
Ramos has a 13-year-old son and a college age son and celebrated his 40th birthday on December 12. He had two years’ experience with the force after working as a safety operations officer in schools.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said it is unlikely either had time to understand what was happened when Brinsley, an amateur rapper with a history of criminal convictions, stood by the front passenger window and fired a round of fatal shots into their heads.
Both were taken to Brooklyn’s Woodhull Medical Center where they were pronounced dead.
Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio met with Liu’s parents and new bride at the hospital, and Ramos’ teenage son, who ‘couldn’t comprehend what had happened’.
‘Quite simply, they were assassinated,’ Bratton told a press conference.
Ramos lived with his wife Margarita, their son and her two other sons in Cypress Hills, where he grew up, four miles from the crime scene.
His older son is college age, friends told Newsday.st
Read more: Daily Mail