Slain Det. Brian Moore was remembered for his bravery at a memorial service Wednesday marking the one-year anniversary of his line-of-duty death.
Moore, a 25-year-old New York City police officer from Plainedge, was shot in the head by an assailant while on patrol with his partner in Queens Village on May 2, 2015. Moore died two days later.
“He had the gift . . . that distinct ability to spot the danger, and move towards it,” Commissioner William Bratton told the crowd gathered on the Queens Village street where Moore was shot as a heavy rain fell. “Today, we celebrate that bravery.”
Bratton continued: “There are no words that I can say, that anyone can say, that can diminish the family’s grief.”
The memorial began at 3 p.m. at 212th Street and 104th Road. Both of Moore’s parents — his mother, Irene, and his father, retired Sgt. Raymond Moore — were in attendance.
Moore, who worked out of the 105th Precinct in Queens, was posthumously promoted to detective.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we come here today to do what we do best, never forget,” said Deputy Chief Robert J. Romano, NYPD chaplain.
Since Moore’s death, local officials in his tight-knit Plainedge community, where he lived his whole life, have honored his memory in many ways -- launching a scholarship in his name and, later this month, renaming a community park in his honor. A bronze statue in his likeness will also be erected at the park.
Moore’s father said at the scholarship launch in his son’s name last July that he was touched by the community outpouring.
“When I’m gone, his legacy will go on for years and years, and he’ll always be remembered,” Raymond Moore said. “I really feel touched by that.”
Demetrius Blackwell, 35, of Queens Village, was charged last year in Moore’s slaying. He pleaded not guilty to a 12-count indictment of charges including aggravated murder and first- and second-degree murder. The case is pending.