NEW YORK (PIX11) — Jaden Ramos, the 13-year-old son of slain NYPD officer Rafael Ramos, has posted a heartbreaking goodbye message to his father on Facebook.
Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32, were sitting in their patrol car in Bedford-Stuyvesant, a high-crime part of Brooklyn, on Saturday when — without warning — the gunman shot them in the head.
“They were, quite simply, assassinated,” New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said.
Both Liu and Ramos “dreamed of being police officers,” Bratton said.
Ramos, 40, joined the force two years ago after spending three years as a school safety officer, CNN reported. Ramos was married and has a 13-year-old son.
Ramos’ teenage son, Jaden, posted these heartbreaking messages on Facebook.
Just two weeks ago, Jaden posted a special birthday message to his father on Facebook:
The Yankee Silver Shield Foundation announced Sunday they will foot the bill for Jaden, as well as Ramos’ older son, who is already in college.
Liu, 32, who was also shot on Saturday, was a seven-year veteran and married just two months ago, according to CNN.
Police said the shooter was 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley. Hours before he killed Liu and Ramos, Brinsley shot his ex-girlfriend near Balitmore. The woman, 29-year-old Shaneka Nicole Thompson, was shot in the stomach but survived.
A series of social media posts believed to be from Brinsley gave ominous clues that police would be next.
“These posts included overt threats to kill police officers,” police said. And they appeared to be posted in Brooklyn, New York.
“I’m Putting Wings On Pigs Today,” one Instagram post read, according to police. “They Take 1 Of Ours, Let’s Take 2 of Theirs.”
Around 2:10 p.m., 40 minutes after speaking with the friend, Baltimore County Police said they called New York police to warn them. Then they faxed a “wanted” poster with Brinsley’s picture.
But it was too late.
The officers’ killings come after months of protests over the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police officers.