A organization founded by late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has offered to pay for the education of the child of one of the officers slain by a disturbed gunman who sought revenge for Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
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NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were killed execution-style on Saturday in Brooklyn.
The Silver Shield Foundation has offered to pay full tuition for the two children of Officer Ramos, reported The New York Daily News. Liu was recently married and had no children.
The foundation was established by Steinbrenner in 1982 to help “children of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty with the cost of their education,” according to their website. Steinbrenner died in 2010.
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While the foundation will pay for the education of Ramos’ 13-year-old son Jaden, the expenses for his older son, Justin, will be covered by Bowdoin College in Maine, where he is currently a sophomore. Bowdoin president Barry Mills informed the Ramos family of this on Sunday. “We are a close community, and we share in Justin’s pain and anguish,” Mills said in an email to the school.
“I know you join me in offering heartfelt condolences to Justin and the entire Ramos family, and I am sure you will respect their privacy as they and we support one another in the days and weeks ahead.”
In addition to paying for Justin’s tuition, Bowdoin College also set up a fund to help offset the family’s expenses.
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