As Sons of Slain NYPD Officer Grieve, This Baseball Team Offers Generous Gift
When NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos was murdered last week in Brooklyn, he was working overtime to help pay Christmas expenses for his two sons. They, along with the rest of the Ramos family, are victims and will bear the lifelong marks of this tragedy. 13-year-old Jaden Ramos posted this tribute to his Facebook page, after first writing, “This is the worst day of my life.”
December 9th was Officer Ramos’ 40th birthday. That day, Jaden posted a collage he had made for his father:
Jaden has an older brother, Justin, who is a sophomore at Bowdoin College in Maine. The New York Yankees have offered to pay for the college education for both boys, out of the foundation started by late Yankees owner, George Steinbrenner. The Yankee Silver Shield Foundation pays for the education of children of NYPD Officers, firefighters and also Port Authority employees when they die in the line of duty.
The New York Post reported, however, that Bowdoin College has pledged its maximum financial aid to Justin, so that he can finish college with no debt. College President Barry Mills said:
We are a very close community, and we share in Justin’s pain and anguish. I know you join me in offering heartfelt condolences to Justin and the entire Ramos family, and I am sure you will respect their privacy as they and we support one another in the days and weeks ahead.
Officer Wenjian Liu was also killed in the execution-style attack on the two policeman. He had no children, but he did leave behind family members, including his new bride.