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(CNN) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took on the role of the consoler on Tuesday in the wake of the weekend's shooting of two New York police officers, following in the footsteps of many before him that have had to knit the city back together following tragedy.
De Blasio, accompanied by his wife, laid flowers at the memorial set up for officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn near where they were shot as they sat in their patrol car.
Later Tuesday, de Blasio offered hugs to the city's residents and a moment of silence for the two officers at City Hall, and urged the city to focus on the families of the slain officers and work to move forward.
"There's a lot of pain right now. We have to work our way through that pain. We have to keep working to bring police and community closer together," he said. "We have to work for that more perfect union. We have to put the divisions of the past behind us."