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Thousands expected at services for second slain NYPD officer

New York Police Officer Wenjian Liu was gunned

New York Police Officer Wenjian Liu was gunned down in a patrol car with Officer Rafael Ramos on Dec. 20, 2014 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, who targeted them because they were cops. He was 32. Credit: NYPD

Services will be held this weekend for Wenjian Liu, the second of two NYPD officers slain Dec. 20 in Brooklyn by a cop-hating gunman.

Liu, 32, who has since been posthumously promoted to detective, is to be memorialized at Ralph Aievoli & Son, a funeral home in Brooklyn's Dyker Heights neighborhood with a wake Saturday from 1 to 9 p.m., and a closed, private funeral Sunday, at 11 a.m., according to police department spokesman Det. Brian Sessa.

Thousands of police officers from across the country, top NYPD and city officials are expected to attend, along with FBI Director James Comey.

Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to pay his respects and will be joined by Police Commissioner William Bratton, who appealed to police Friday not to repeat the silent back-turning protest that occurred outside the funeral last Saturday of the other slain officer.

In a message to be read to officers, Bratton said that act "stole the valor, honor, and attention that rightfully belonged to the memory of Detective Rafael Ramos's life and sacrifice."

"I issue no mandates, and I make no threats of discipline, but I remind you that when you don the uniform of this department, you are bound by the tradition, honor and decency that go with it," Bratton said.

Liu and Ramos were shot dead while sitting in their patrol car in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The killer, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, who posted online his intention to kill police, shot himself dead in a nearby subway station.

Liu's funeral was delayed while officials arranged visas for his relatives in Asia.

With AP

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