About 20,000 mourners showed up in the streets in front and surrounding the Aievoli Funeral Home in Dyker Heights for the funeral of Detective First Class Wenjian Liu this past Sunday.
In addition to the eulogies delivered by FBI Director James Comey, Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner William Bratton, Monsignor Robert Romano, deputy chief of NYPD chaplains and pastor of nearby Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Dyker Heights, offered words of sympathy and comfort to the Liu family.
Liu was a graduate of the former Lafayette High School, Bay 43rd Street and Benson Avenue in Bensonhurst. Before he became a NYPD officer, Liu served with the volunteer police auxiliary, patrolling the streets of Sunset Park within the 72nd Precinct. The precinct station house is located at Fourth Avenue and 29th Street.
Fort Hamilton celebrated the New Year with the annual Commander’s Reception held at the post’s Community Club, hosted by Colonel Joseph and Erin Davidson and Deputy Commander Don Bradshaw.
Among the community luminaries and VIPs present were State Senator Marty Golden, Assemblymember Alec Brook Krasny, John Abi-Habib, Laurie Windsor, Judy Collins, Ralph Succar, Ray Aalbue, Howie Dunn, Rocco Mandile, Mike Canter. Linda Duncan, Fran Vella-Marrone, Tom Trombone, Colonel Mike King, Brigadier General Kent Savre, Admiral John Ingram, Lynda Thomson, Irwin Meyer and Barry Berger. Canter is the new Fort Hamilton Police Chief which now carries the formal title director of emergency services.