Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Sunday dedicated bronze plaques to honor two police officers who were shot to death while sitting in their cruiser exactly one year ago.
The plaques are inscribed with the names of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos outside the entrance of Brooklyn's 84th Precinct. The officers were killed on Dec. 20, 2014.
A New York Police Department helicopter flew overhead in honor of the slain officers, and bagpipers played.
Hundreds of NYPD officers in dress uniform, many in tears, stood listening to Liu's father, Wei Tang Liu, bent over in grief and sobbing as he spoke in Chinese about his only child.
Liu's wife, Sandy Liu, translated, breaking down as she spoke her father-in-law's words: "Before my son's death, I would hear his voice every day for the past 33 years of his life."
Liu's father thanked those who had reached out to the family.
"We are so grateful for all the love and support for the past year," he said.
Later, officials laid wreaths on the sidewalk near the spot where the police cruiser had been parked.
The two officers were shot at point-blank range through their cruiser window. The gunman then killed himself with the same weapon. He had posted on Instagram that he wanted to put "wings on pigs" and referenced Eric Garner, whose police chokehold death led to protests against the New York Police Department.