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Mourners pay their respects ahead of funeral for New York police officer

Tens of thousands of people are expected at the funeral of a New York police officer shot dead by a gunman, who said he was avenging the killings of

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Mourners pay their respects ahead of funeral for New York police officer

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Tens of thousands of people are expected at the funeral of a New York police officer shot dead by a gunman, who said he was avenging the killings of unarmed black men by white officers.

Mourners have been paying their respects as Rafael Ramos’ coffin – draped in the NYPD flag – arrived at a church ahead of Saturday’s service.

Forty-year-old Ramos was killed last weekend along with his colleague Wenjian Liu, 32, as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn. The gunman later killed himself.

The two deaths have become a rallying point for police and their supporters after months of protests alleging racism in police practices.

Police officers from across the US will attend Ramos’ funeral, along with Vice President Joe Biden and other officials.

The details of Liu’s funeral are yet to be announced.