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January 08, 2015

9/11 Charity Hits Goal to Pay Slain N.Y. Officers' Mortgages

A nonprofit established to honor a firefighter killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has met an $800,000 fundraising goal to pay off home loans for two New York City police officers murdered last month, the Associated Press writes. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation said Wednesday that it has collected $860,000 and received pledges worth $150,000 for the families of Detectives Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.

The officers were shot while sitting in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The foundation, which launched the donation drive late last month, said the money from more than 10,000 donors will be used to fulfill the officers' mortgages and make repairs to the homes, with any leftover funds going to the Ramos and Liu families.