The devastated wife of slain NYPD officer Wenjian Liu broke her silence on Monday as it emerged that her husband was not even supposed to be working when he was shot dead in his patrol car.
Liu, who only married wife Pei Xia Chen in September, volunteered to work an extra shift when a fellow officer was running late and bosses put out a call requesting a replacement, sources told the New York Daily News.
‘He wasn’t supposed to be there,’ the source said.
Speaking outside their Brooklyn home on Monday night, Chen paid tribute to her 32-year-old husband, who was killed alongside Officer Rafael Ramos by gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley on Saturday.
Fighting back tears, she said: ‘His dreams were of providing for his current and growing family.’
She said her family was thankful for the support it has received and also expressed her condolences for Ramos’ family.
‘This is a difficult time for both of our families, but we will stand together and get through this together,’ she told the crowd.
Wenjian Liu’s family were from Canton, China, and had moved to the U.S. in 1994 when he was a 12-year-old boy.
He had joined the NYPD in 2007 after majoring in accounting at The College of Staten Island. The couple had only married in September and were ‘looking forward to having [their] own family’, according to an earlier statement.
‘He was an asset to the police department, using his Chinese language skills whenever and wherever it was needed,’ read the statement.
Funeral arrangements for Liu have not been announced, but his parents – who have been described as ‘distraught’ at losing their only son – are receiving help from authorities so that family members can travel from China to attend the service. Read more at dailymail.co.uk