Vigil held for NYPD officer killed after attempted robbery
More than 100 people gathered at the NYPD's 66th Precinct Tuesday evening to pay tribute to fallen NYPD Officer Adeed Fayaz, who died after an attempted robbery while off-duty earlier this month.
Fayaz's family joined fellow officers and religious leaders at the precinct where he worked, where purple bunting still hangs above the doorway.
"My brother was a very good guy," said his sister, Sanam Fayaz. "He loved what he did, and he was really honest. He leaves behind two of his kids that he loved."
The 26-year-old father of two was off-duty when he was shot during an attempted robbery in Brooklyn on Feb. 4. Police say Fayaz agreed to meet up with someone advertising a car for sale on Facebook Marketplace when he was shot. He died in the hospital.
"The reason he loves being in this precinct that I can see now, I didn’t know why, it’s the people that he works with and the community that he served," said another member of the Fayaz family.
At Tuesday's vigil, faith leaders prayed for the fallen officer and his family, while Fayaz's NYPD colleagues spoke about the difficulties of mourning one of their own as they worked to deliver justice.
"On the evening we lost Adeed, many of us were hurting and were mourning," said NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey. "But there was a group of men and women who didn’t have time to mourn, they had to catch a killer."
Police arrested 38-year-old Randy Jones in connection to Fayaz's death. He now faces multiple charges, including murder.