The New York Yankees will pay for the educations of slain NYPD officer Rafael Ramos’ two children, reports say.
Late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner founded the Yankee Silver Shield Foundation in 1982 after hearing of the death of an NYPD officer with four children.
The foundation will fund education for officer Ramos’ two children, 13-year-old Jaden and an older son who is currently in college. Ramos and his partner, Wenjian Liu, were brutally murdered on Saturday by a man who was apparently seeking revenge for the police shootings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Liu had no children, and was a newlywed of only two months.
Ramos and Liu were gunned down just before 3 p.m. on Saturday; only five minutes after a warning came in from Baltimore police that 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley might be making his way to Brooklyn to inflict harm on police officers. Brinsley had posted earlier on Instagram about his plans to “put wings on pigs” in an attempt to avenge the deaths of Brown and Garner.
The Silver Shield Foundation, according to the NY Daily News, “has paid for the educations of thousands of children of fallen NYPD, FDNY, state police and Port Authority workers in the tri-state area, as well as 700 children who lost a parent in the terrorists attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.”