Some 800 people packed Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens on Saturday to remember NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos.
Photos of the 40-year-old with his family marked the start of a series of emotional testimony to the life of a devoted family man whose time on this earth was cut short.
Vice President Joe Biden was among the dignitaries in attendance.
He spoke directly to the grieving mother of Ramos, as a man who had lost his own child many years ago.
“The time will come when Rafael’s memory will bring a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eyes. That’s when you know it’s going to be OK,” said Biden. “I know it’s hard to believe it will happen but I promise you it will happen. My prayer for you is that it will come sooner rather than later.
Ramos and his partner were shot execution-style in their patrol car by a man who said he was avenging the killing of unarmed black men by police.
Their deaths have heightened tensions between police and Mayor Bill de Blasio, who some accuse of not doing enough in the wake of growing anti-police sentiment.
For De Blasio, the funeral was a moment to show solidarity with the men and women in blue.
“Police officers are called peace officers because that’s what they do, they keep the peace. They help make a place that otherwise would be torn with strife a place of peace,” de Blasio said.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, got a standing ovation when announcing the promotion officer Ramos and his slain partner Officer Liu to Detective First Grade.
Tens of thousands of police from across the country descended on Queens to be a part of Saturday’s tribute, a gathering singing in one voice in solidarity with their fallen comrade.