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Killed for their color: blue.

Via Huff Po:

Two New York City police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were shot dead “execution style” in Brooklyn just before 3 p.m. Saturday, police said, by an alleged gang member who posted on social media that he wanted revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

“Quite simply, they were assassinated,” NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said at a press conference held Saturday evening at the hospital where the grieving families gathered. “Both officers paid the ultimate sacrifice today while protecting the communities they serve.”

Liu and Ramos may have never seen the attacker open fire as they were sitting in their patrol car, Bratton said, on special duty because of heightened violence in the area.

Liu got married only two months ago, according to Bratton, who met with Liu’s devastated parents and new bride.

Ramos, who just had his 40th birthday, became a cop only three years ago after working for years as a school safety officer. Ramos’ family includes a wife and 13-year-old son, “who couldn’t comprehend what had happened to his father,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

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