(PIX11)-- Slain NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos worked out of the 84th precinct in Downtown Brooklyn. In front of the station house Sunday evening, people had placed dozens of flowers, candles, photos, written messages and other mementos. They were all reminders of the tragedy that befell the city this past weekend -- and befell two families, in particular.
Officer Ramos's family members live near one another in the Cypress Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. It was there that the head of the local police precinct community board, John Rodriguez, organized a community candlelight vigil Sunday evening, at which some of the fallen officer's family spoke.
"The Ramos Family forgives him, because God forgave us," said Richard Gonzales, Ofcr. Ramos's first cousin. "We don't blame him, we forgive him. If it were the other way around, Rafael would say the same words. He forgave him."
Gonzales was , of course, talking about Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the man who shot the two officers in their squad car Saturday afternoon at point blank range.
"He's in the hands of God now and we do forgive him," another of Ramos's cousins told PIX11 News.
They were at the home of Ramos's parents on Sunday for the candlelight vigil, attended by dozens of people in the neighborhood to show support for all police, as well as the two fallen officers and their families.
Steven Delgado, 12, is friends with Ofcr. Ramos's 13 year-old son. He said that he'd shown up at the vigil to show respect for the Ramos's family and to help cope with the effect of learning what had happened to his friend's father.
"Shocked how this happens," said Delgado.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo also talked about Ramos's son, after visiting with him and the rest of the officer's family Sunday afternoon. Gov. Cuomo also visited the newlywed widow of Officer Liu.
Cuomo focused, though, on his meeting with Ofcr. Ramos's younger son, Jaden. "His son said to me," the governor said, "Why my dad? Why is my dad gone? What did my dad do wrong? The truth is his father did nothing wrong."
"He was a great public servant," Cuomo added.
New York's chief executive also made an appeal to all New Yorkers. "For a period of calm," said Gov. Cuomo, "for a period of respect for the deceased, for a period of respect for the families of the deceased and for a period of reflection. ...Emotions have run high these past few weeks."
It was a direct reference to tensions between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police unions, some of whose members turned their backs to the mayor after he'd met with the the officers' families at the hospital Saturday.
On Sunday, The mayor, the police commissioner and chief of department were at St. Patrick's Cathedral, where the prayers of the archbishop, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, called for unity.
"May reason and civility prevail," Dolan prayed, "as it has so often in the past." Cardinal Dolan also led the packed sanctuary in a round of applause in support of the officers of the NYPD.
Similarly, Esaw Garner, the widow of Eric Garner, the man whose death in police custody was cited by Brinley in his killing of the officers, called for common sense on Sunday.
"Please protest in non-violent ways," she said. "My husband was not a violent man, so we don't want any violence connected to his name."AlertMe