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Son of Slain NYPD Cop Remembers His Dad

Less than two weeks ago on December 9, 13-year-old Jaden Ramos took to Facebook to write a touching message about his father, Rafael. The devoted dad and NYPD officer had just turned 40, and his son wanted to thank him for all that he'd done for him so far.

"Happy birthday to the best dad in the world," wrote Jaden. "You are always there for me even when it's almost impossible. We have so many good times it's not even funny, I love you so much ... How does it feel to be 40? You're getting old dad but you still look good. Hope you have the best birthday, you deserve it."

Along with the caption, Jaden shared a photo collage he'd made himself:

But tragically, just 11 days later, Jaden would find himself writing another heartfelt message about his dad on Facebook—and this time, the reason for it would be absolutely crushing.

"Today is the worst day of my life," wrote Jaden Ramos on December 20, just hours after his dad had been shot dead in his patrol car. Also killed was Ramos' partner, Officer Wenjian Liu, as the pair kept watch over Tompkins Avenue in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York.

Shortly after, Jaden posted these words:

"Today I had to say bye to my father. He was their (sic) for me everyday of my life, he was the best father I could ask for. It's horrible that someone gets shot dead just for being a police officer. Everyone says they hate cops but they are the people that they call for help. I will always love you and I will never forget you. RIP Dad."

In the days following the senseless killings, which were said by some to be "revenge" attacks in retribution for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, many have stepped forward to offer condolences and words of support for the family. But perhaps none have been so grandiose as what came from the Yankees Silver Field Foundation, which came forward late Sunday to say it will cover the costs of college for both Jaden and his older brother. The George Steinbrenner-founded organization was originally started in 1982, after another NYPD officer was killed in the line of duty, leaving behind four children. For the last three decades, it has continued to provide for the families of New York City firefighters, police officers and Port Authority officers who were killed in the line of duty.

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