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Wake Held For NYPD Officer Brian Mulkeen, Killed In Line Of Duty

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A wake was held Thursday for NYPD Officer Brian Mulkeen, who was shot and killed in the line of duty Sunday in the Bronx.

On this rainy cold day, mourners paid their respects to a police officer who left the world of finance to follow his dream of serving others, reports CBSN New York's Matt Kozar.

The 33-year-old was hit with friendly fire while struggling with an armed suspect in Edenwald.

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Mulkeen was raised in Monroe, N.Y., and was class president at Monroe-Woodbury High School.

He graduated with a degree in finance from Fordham University where he was captain of the track and field team.

He worked briefly for Merill Lynch before leaving to pursue his passion to become a police officer.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Widows and Children's Fund at the Police Benevolent Association.

Mulkeen's death has been felt across the NYPD.

"This is a tragic case of friendly fire, but make no mistake, we lost a life of a courageous public servant solely due to a violent criminal who put the lives of the police and all the people we serve in jeopardy," NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said earlier this week.

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Officer Mulkeen's wake is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Smith, Seaman and Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home in Monroe.

His funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Church in Monroe.

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