BY TESS McRAE
Over the past few weeks, the 105th Precinct has been transformed to a shrine of sorts, dedicated to Detective Brian Moore, the 25-year-old who was shot and killed in Queens Village earlier this month.
“Gratitude is the message here,” Deputy Inspector Michael Coyle, commanding officer of the 105th Precinct, said during a community council meeting on Wednesday. “It’s been tough on all of the officers here. Brian was a great cop.”
Whether it’s letters written by a Catholic school in West Islip or banners painted by the nearby IS 109, every memento added another layer of love atop the tragedy of losing an officer.
There was an air of melancholy when Moore’s family walked into the stationhouse on Wednesday night. The loved ones had their photographs all over newspapers and television, but seeing them in person; it was hard not to get a lump in your throat.
Moore’s father, Raymond sat stone-faced, staring ahead as the monthly announcements were read. Brian’s mother, Irene, sat quietly across the room.
The parents’ composure weakened only once, during an emotional presentation given by Blue Lives Matter.
“As soon as Brian passed, we started a fund for the family,” Joseph Imperatrice, president of Blue Lives Matter, said. “I am happy to present the Moore family with a $12,000 check for them to do with what they wish.”
The group, based in Staten Island, was created to help law enforcement officers and their families during their time of need. In addition to Moore, Blue Lives Matter also worked with the families of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu of Brooklyn’s 84th Precinct. The officers were shot and killed while sitting in their patrol car in December.
“In addition, we invited the Ramos and Liu family to throw out the first pitch during the Brooklyn Cyclones game on August 9 and we invite the Moore family to participate as well,” Imperatrice said.
The group also presented the family with T-shirts and elastic bracelets in honor of Brian Moore.
As Imperatrice and his colleagues enveloped Brian’s mother into a hug, she momentarily broke down and sobbed into Imperatrice’s shoulder. The room offered a round of supportive applause in honor of the family who endured so much.
After the presentation, the Moore family was escorted out of the room.
“We have gotten so much support from the community,” Coyle said. “People have come by and volunteered to do everything, including sweeping the stationhouse. It just means a lot to everyone here and I know Brian’s family appreciates it. Whether it was attending an event or planning a vigil, it helps a lot.”
The commanding officer said officers from around the country also sent gifts, including a handcrafted wooden plaque from an officer in Las Vegas.
“The support ahs just been overwhelming, again, thank you,” Coyle said.
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