Thousands prepare to say goodbye to slain NYPD officer Rafael Ramos

Posted at 8:19 PM, Dec 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-27 13:21:55-05

NEW YORK (PIX11) -- A somber day is ahead as family, friends and the community prepare to say goodbye to one of the slain NYPD officers who died in last week's tragedy.

Officer Rafael Ramos and his partner Wenjian Liu were gunned down as they sat in their patrol car in Bedford-Stuyvesant last Saturday by a man who said he was retaliating against police for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Thousands are expected to turn out for the funeral of Officer Ramos, which will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, at Christ Tabernacle Church, located at 64-34 Myrtle Ave. in Glendale, Queens.

Officer Ramos will be buried at Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn.

Vice President Joe Biden plans to attend the funeral.

The White House says President Barack Obama, who is currently in Hawaii, has asked Biden to attend Saturday’s service for Officer Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church in Glendale.

On Friday, the wife and two sons of Officer Ramos were joined by hundreds of uniformed officers at his wake.

The wake began soon after Ramos’ flag-draped casket was carried into the church on the shoulders of six uniformed officers. Fellow officers saluted as the casket passed.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says services for Officer Liu will be planned when his family arrives from China.

JetBlue is working with its partners to have family members of Officer Liu, flown in from overseas.

The New York-based airline also offered to fly two police officers from each department on its route around the country to New York for both funerals.