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NYC to name streets for two slain cops

Officers Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32,

Officers Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32, both of Brooklyn, were shot and killed on Dec. 20, 2014, as they sat in their patrol car in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. The gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, fatally shot himself when other officers approached him in a nearby subway station. Photo Credit: NYPD

City Hall plans to name Brooklyn streets in honor of the two police officers shot dead Dec. 20 in the borough, Mayor Bill de Blasio's office said Wednesday.

Each street is near one of the slain cops' homes: Ridgewood Avenue, between Shepherd Avenue and Highland Place, is to be designated "Detective Rafael Ramos Way," and West Sixth Street, between Avenues S and T, "Detective Wenjian Liu Way."

The necessary legislation is to be introduced at a meeting of the full City Council in late January, de Blasio's office said.

"Our fallen heroes will never be forgotten. Their memory lives on in their families, and in the NYPD family. And now it will live on in the streets of the communities these brave men lived in and protected. This is an expression of our pride in each of these men, and our sadness at their loss," de Blasio said in a statement.

A street that is "co-named" in a person's or organization's honor retains its original name, with a sign for the honoree placed adjacent.

A deranged man bent on killing cops gunned down Ramos, 40, and Liu, 32, as they sat in their patrol car at the intersection of Myrtle and Tompkins avenues in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.

The officers were promoted posthumously to the rank of detective, a move that increases the benefits their families receive.

Tens of thousands of officers from around the country came to Queens for Ramos' funeral Dec. 27. Liu's wake and funeral, both set for this weekend in Brooklyn, also are expected to attract big crowds.

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