GRAVESEND — The parents and widow of slain NYPD Detective Wenjian Liu cut the ribbon on their newly upgraded home Wednesday after a foundation provided $100,000 in renovations for the family’s Brooklyn residence.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation raised money for the improvements, including new windows and siding, central air-conditioning, a security system and walkway paving and landscaping.
The organization collected more than $1 million in donations, which helped pay off the mortgages on the homes owned by Liu and his partner Detective Rafael Ramos, both of whom were gunned down in their patrol car last December.
“My son has left me for over nine months,” Liu’s father, Wei Tang Liu, said through a translator.
“I still can't face the fact that he is gone. We are fortunate that the whole world is thanking and carrying our family. It will take time, but I am truly grateful to everyone."
Liu’s widow, Pei Xia Chen, spoke through tears outside their Gravesend home.
“We thank you for everything. This is now everyone’s home,” Chen said.
“Most importantly to the New York City Police Department, all men and women in blue — we thank you for your service and all the support you have given to our family.”
Officers from the NYPD’s 79th Precinct and 84th Precinct were present for the ceremony.
Shortly after the ambush, gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley killed himself at a nearby subway station.
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation will begin work on Ramos’ home in the near future.