Jon Bon Jovi showed his support for the New York Police Department on Monday night by wearing an NYPD t-shirt on stage during his New Jersey concert.
The singer wore a “Property of NYPD Football XXL” shirt for the Bobby Bandiera and Friends Hope Concert in Red Bank following the death of police officers Rafael Ramos and Wen Jian Lui. Both were shot execution-style in their patrol vehicles on Saturday.
“I’m showing a little solidarity for my brothers in the NYPD and all of those who protect and service us everyday, no matter what the risks,” Bon Jovi said.
Many have shown support for the families of fallen police officers since Saturday’s shooting, including high-profile figures like New York Jets center Nick Mangold and New York Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin. The New York Yankees’ Yankee Silver Shield Foundation has even vowed to pay for the college education of Ramos’ 13-year-old son, as well as for another son who is already in college.
Eric Garner’s youngest daughter Emerald Snipes-Garner has also shown support for other families. On Monday, she attended a memorial for the police officers and visited the Ramos family home.
“It hit my heart because I know what it feels like with this upcoming season and you don’t have your father around,” Snipes-Garner said. “I know firsthand what you’re feeling.”
During Monday night’s concert, Bon Jovi also performed “The Letter” in memory of British singer Joe Cocker following his death that day.