Wenjian Liu

Officer Liu

Wenjian Liu, 32, a New York City police officer, was fatally shot in a patrol car while on duty Saturday, Dec. 20.

Wenjian Liu (simplified Chinese: 刘文健; traditional Chinese: 劉文健; pinyin: Liú Wénjiàn), (1981/1982 – December 20, 2014), was the only son of Chinese immigrants. He and his family came to the United States from Taishan, Guangdong, when he was 12 years old. He was a seven-year veteran officer of the NYPD who had married in October 2014. He had no children.

Liu, born in China, moved to the United States with his parents and a dream: To become a New York City Police officer. He was on the force for seven years and got married two months before he was killed along with his partner, Officer Rafael Ramos, on Dec. 20. Ramos' funeral was held a week ago.

"When he joined the NYPD he knew his family would worry about him," the mayor said. "So he did one of those caring acts that showed the good in him. At the end of every work day he called his father to tell his family he was safe and was on his way home."

His widow, Pei Xia Chen, spoke through tears as she said to Liu, "I love you forever."

"I thank you for sharing this moment with me, with us, with our family, to reflect the goodness of his soul and the wonderful man that he is. He is my soul mate … my best friend," she said.

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