Distraught widow speaks out; Liu was filling in for fellow officer on tragic day

The distraught widow of murdered New York City police Officer Wenjian Liu fought back tears Saturday as she thanked city police and citizens for their kindness.

Liu and his partner, Rafael Ramos, were gunned down Saturday by a man hoping to avenge the police-involved deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

Pei Xia Chen, Liu’s widow, offered her condolences to the Ramos family during the Saturday press conference, stressing the need for everyone to come together after Saturday’s tragedy.

“This is a difficult time for both of our families,” Pei Xia Chen told reporters, according to the New York Daily News. “But we will stand together and get through this together.”

Police sources told the Daily News that Liu was scheduled to be off on Saturday, but agreed to fill in for a tardy coworker.

That officer has had a difficult time accepting news of his fallen comrades’ murders, according to the Daily News.

“The kid is very, very distraught,” the source said. “He’s beside himself. It’s very, very hard for him.”

An impromptu memorial for the fallen officers continued to attract throngs of mourners coming to the site of the men’s death to offer their condolences.

Among them was Garner’s daughter, Emerald Snipes, 22, who placed a candle at the site, the Daily News reported.

“I know how it feels in this season to not have your father around,” Snipes said.

The Liu family also released a statement thanking New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton “for their condolences and their support.”

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