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December 26th, 2014
04:41 PM ET

Slain NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos saw streets as his ministry

New York (CNN) - Rafael Ramos was an unusual cop.

He saw the streets of New York as his ministry.

In fact, he was just hours away from becoming a lay chaplain and graduating from a community-crisis chaplaincy program before he and fellow New York police Officer Wenjian Liu were gunned down in their patrol car Saturday in Brooklyn.

The suspected gunman in the two officers' killing, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, was found dead of self-inflicted gunshot wounds at a nearby subway station immediately after the slayings.

Services for Liu are still pending, but a wake for Ramos is Friday afternoon at Christ Tabernacle Church in Glendale, New York. It will be followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m. ET Friday and a funeral service Saturday morning.

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