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Vigils Honor Slain Officers And Men Killed By Police In New York

A candlelight vigil marked the deaths of two New York police officers in Brooklyn. A similarly solemn vigil was held to peacefully protest the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police.

Posted on December 21, 2014, at 9:22 p.m. ET

Powerful photos showed a candlelight vigil in Brooklyn held to remember New York police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were fatally ambushed on Saturday.

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The vigil included community members, religious leaders, and NYPD officers.

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Community makes way for grieving NYPD officer at vigil

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Community makes way for grieving NYPD officer at vigil

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Dozens of NYPD officers arriving at vigil

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Some mourners sang in memory of the two men.

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Mourners sang the gospel song "This Little Light of Mine."
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Mourners sang the gospel song "This Little Light of Mine."

Others stood and prayed.

A woman praying with the rosary.
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A woman praying with the rosary.

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Outside of Brooklyn, a gathering organized by Justice League NYC also sang, before marching to First Corinthians Baptist Church in Harlem.

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Their vigil, organized under #SilentNight, stood against violence faced by people of color at the hands of police.

New community #SilentNight with @NYjusticeleague @rosandyreel @CitizenRKane

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New community #SilentNight with @NYjusticeleague @rosandyreel @CitizenRKane

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Two men are seen releasing a sky lantern in Harlem.
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Two men are seen releasing a sky lantern in Harlem.

#SilentNight march now singing Change Gon Come! #NYC #blacklivesmatter #thisstopstoday #icantbreathe #shutitdown

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#SilentNight march now singing Change Gon Come! #NYC #blacklivesmatter #thisstopstoday #icantbreathe #shutitdown

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The nephew of Eric Garner, whose death sparked protests against police brutality, thanked attendees at the First Corinthians Baptist Church for their support.

Grateful 4 peace & healing #AllLivesMatter @FCBC_NYC @NYjusticeleague @marlon_79 @Awkward_Duck

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Grateful 4 peace & healing #AllLivesMatter @FCBC_NYC @NYjusticeleague @marlon_79 @Awkward_Duck

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He also called for unity among all those affected by gun violence.

Gabriel Baez, nephew of Eric Garner, calls for unity & accountability for all gun violence victims at #SilentNight

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Gabriel Baez, nephew of Eric Garner, calls for unity & accountability for all gun violence victims at #SilentNight

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Rmmbring OfficerRamos OfficerLiu their families w/ @NYjusticeleague. RIP. #SilentNight #ThisStopsToday #icantbreathe

Farah Bala @farahbalaFollow

Rmmbring OfficerRamos OfficerLiu their families w/ @NYjusticeleague. RIP. #SilentNight #ThisStopsToday #icantbreathe

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