JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP/PIX11) – A memorial for a man who was killed after police say he ambushed and shot to death a 23-year-old rookie police officer in New Jersey has been removed.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop says he ordered the city to take down the memorial to 27-year-old Lawrence Campbell on Monday night.
“Yes. I had it taken down last night. I am not going to let a few residents pretend like they express the views of a great city like Jersey City,” said Mayor Steven M. Fulop.
The memorial had included candles, balloons, empty liquor bottles and message of love, including “Thug in Peace,” scrawled on T-shirts taped to a brick wall.
Reasonably, fallen officer Santiago’s father was enraged by the memorial to the killer. “He’s not a hero,” he told the Daily News.
Police say Campbell gunned down Officer Melvin Santiago early Sunday as he responded to an armed robbery call at a 24-hour pharmacy. Police returned fire, killing Campbell.
According to the mayor’s office, Campbell never actually tried to rob the pharmacy. He told a witness to watch the news because he was “going to be famous.”
Campbell’s wife, Angelique, told News 12 saying she wished her husband had killed more cops.
Fallen officer Santiago’s funeral will be held Friday morning. A procession of Jersey City police officers will walk from the funeral home to the church.