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Solemn farewell being planned for slain NYPD officer

December 14, 2011 9:25:17 AM PST
Five men accused of being involved in the deadly shooting of a New York City police officer are being held without bail Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a solemn farewell is being planned for the officer who died in the line of duty in Brooklyn.

There were hundreds shared tears and prayers for Officer Peter Figoski at a vigil Tuesday night near the shooting scene in Cypress Hills.

"We're coming together, one community, one family today," community advocate Tony Herbert said. "Because when one officer bled, we all bled. And we're all still feeling the pain right now. To all the police officers out here, be encouraged. We need you out here."

The slain officer's family left court Tuesday night after seeing five career criminals indicted for murder. The accused triggerman, 27-year-old Lamont Pride, said nothing, but he's already told police the plan was to invade the home of a drug dealer and that the shooting was a mistake.

It all went south when Figoski and his partner arrived.

"The choice he made was to potentially shoot and kill a police officer," prosecutor Kenneth Taub said.

The five defendants range in age from 21 to 30, and prosecutors say all five could spend the rest of their lives behind bars.

"We see what kind of cowards they are in this courtroom," PBA president Pat Lynch said. "That they sniveled before this judge, they asked for protective custody. They thought they were tough when they killed a New York City police officer."

The New York City Police Foundation has established a scholarship fund in Figoski's name. The fund will pay for the education of his four daughters.

Figoski's wake will be held Saturday and Sunday at Boyd Funeral Home in Babylon, Long Island. He'll be laid to rest Monday following a funeral mass at St. Joseph's Church, also in Babylon.

Pride is charged with first-degree murder. The four other men were arraigned on second-degree murder charges.

Another of the defendants, Nelson Morales, was described as the mastermind behind the plot.

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