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Senseless Loss: Officer Brian Diller Killed in the Line of Duty

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Officer Brian Diller, a three-year veteran of the NYPD, was senselessly gunned down in Far Rockaway, Queens, yesterday. His loss isn’t a statistic; it’s a gaping wound for his family, colleagues, and community. “You were a good man and a great father whose shoes can never be filled,” his brother-in-law and fellow police officer, Jonathan McAuley, wrote in a grief-stricken tribute.

Growing up in Franklin Square and later residing in Massapequa Park, Diller was known and loved by many. “It’s a tremendous loss,” said the Mayor of Massapequa Park. The neighborhood where he lived is now adorned with blue ribbons, a symbol of both sorrow and support. “Every day that my son goes to work, I pray… you never know if he’s coming back,” shared his neighbor and fellow police parent, Naomi Sanchez.

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Monday’s tragedy marks the first slaying of an NYPD officer in two years, a stark reminder of the risks these brave men and women face daily. “We lost one of our sons today, and it is extremely painful,” said Mayor Eric Adams.

Officer Diller (31) was fatally shot during what began as a routine traffic stop. Heroically, despite being wounded, he fought to disarm his assailant. Fellow officers returned fire, wounding the perpetrator who is now in custody. Sadly, Diller would succumb to his injuries at Jamaica Hospital, leaving behind a devastated family and colleagues.

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The shooter, Guy Rivera (34), has a lengthy criminal history according to Mayor Adams. Charges are pending.

A City Grieves, A Community Demands Change

“These attacks on New York City police officers have to end right now,” said Patrick Hendry, president of the Police Benevolent Association of New York. His anger echoes the shared outrage felt across the city as we mourn Officer Diller, a life cut tragically short.

Let us honor Officer Diller’s sacrifice, not only in words but in our determination to make our city a safer place for those who protect it.

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