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NEW YORK - Public officials, police officers, friends and family filled a Queens church Saturday to remember Rafael Ramos, one of two NYPD officers killed last week.
Both Vice President Joe Biden and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the ceremony.
“I’m sure I speak for the whole nation when I say to you that our hearts ache for you,” said Biden.
“Our hearts are aching today. We feel it physically. We feel it deeply. New York City has lost a hero,” said de Blasio.
About 730 police officers from across the nation who were flown in by JetBlue also were in attendance.
The funeral came a day after an equally packed wake that lasted eight hours. Because of the crowds, the event had to be projected on a screen to onlookers outside.
“My father was a man of character, a selfless man. Dad, I'm forever grateful for the sacrifices you made to provide for me and Jayden,” said Justin Ramos.
Rafael Ramos and his partner were shot to death Dec. 20 while sitting in their patrol car.
Police say the gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who later killed himself, also shot and injured his ex-girlfriend earlier that day.
Ramos was studying to become a pastor, and those who knew the officer said he viewed his work in the police force as “a ministry.”
Ramos leaves behind a wife and two children. Funeral plans for Ramos’s partner, officer Wenjian Liu have not yet been announced.
This video includes images from Getty Images.