"In every tragedy there are individuals who step forward," Detectives Endowment Association president Michael Palladino said

By Alex Heigl
Updated January 18, 2015 12:30 PM
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An anonymous Hong Kong businessman donated $1 million to the families of slain NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu this week.

$500,000 went to the education fund created for Ramos’s children, and the other half of the sum went to Liu’s father.

“In every tragedy there are individuals who step forward, step up to the plate,” said Detectives Endowment Association president Michael Palladino at a press conference Friday.

The attorney who facilitated the transfer said his client was affected by the story of the killings, which he added had a “profound” global impact.

Liu’s father, Wei Tang Liu, thanked the businessman. “I’m very sad because I lost my only son,” Liu’s father, who immigrated from China when Liu was a boy, told NBC New York. “But I do thank everyone for their support, their generosity.” Ramos’s widow called the donation “a blessing.”

The December killings worsened tensions between the NYPD and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Officers turned their backs to the mayor at the officers’ memorial services, and launched what was termed an “unofficial slowdown” in ticketing and police action which lasted into January.