At the funeral mass for slain Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago the following eulogy was said by Jersey City’s Mayor Steve Fulop.
Jersey City Police Officer
Archbishop Hebda, members of the clergy, to Kathy and Al McBride, Melvin’s brother Alex, all of his family and friends that are here today. On behalf of the City of Jersey City and the Jersey City Police Department, I offer to you our deepest condolences.
Melvin Santiago was everything we would want in a police officer. He was hard working and conscientious, good and courageous, strong and considerate. To quote the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C., “It was not how these officers died that made them heroes; it is how they lived.”
JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop will promote posthumously Police Officer Melvin Santiago, who was killed in the line of duty Sunday morning, to the rank of Detective and will bestow the Department’sMedal of Honor on Officer Santiago, which is the highest honor for any police department.
The promotion and honor ceremony will take place at Officer Santiago’s wake at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at McLaughlin Funeral Home, 625 Pavonia Avenue.
“This honor will be a lasting tribute to the ultimate sacrifice paid by Officer Santiago,” said Mayor Fulop. “He was truly everything one would want in a police officer and was a shining star in our community. It is fitting and right that we honor and recognize him for his bravery and dedication to the police department and the people of Jersey City.”
Statement by Mayor Steven M. Fulop on Arrest of Daniel Wilson
Daniel Wilson wanted in prior homicide
JERSEY CITY – Yesterday, Jersey City Police brought into custody Daniel Wilson, 23, of Grant Avenue. At the time of his arrest, he was armed and was charged with multiple firearms and narcotics offenses. Homicide detectives from the Jersey City Police Department and Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office continue to actively investigate the case. We thank the media for their help in developing leads last night that led to this development.
All media inquiries should be directed to Jennifer Morrill, Press Secretary to Mayor Steven M. Fulop at 201-547-4836 or 201-376-0699.////
While the incident still remains under active investigation, Mayor Steven M. Fulop released the following information:
• At 0409 hours, Jersey City Police responded to the Walgreens at the corner of Communipaw Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard on a call of an armed robbery.
• The actor has been identified as Lawrence Campbell, 27, of Grant Avenue.
• Lawrence Campbell entered the Walgreens asked the security officer directions to purchase a greeting card. Campbell proceeded in that direction, left the store and circled back.
• Campbell, who had a knife, then assaulted the security officer, taking his weapon.
• Campbell did not rob or attempt to rob the Walgreens, but proceeded to wait for the Police Department to arrive – approximately four minutes.
• Surveillance cameras show Campbell walking outside and speaking to a witness, at which time he apologized for his conduct in Walgreens and told the witness to watch
the news he is going to be famous.
• The first marked vehicle arrived at the scene with Officers Santiago and Martinez.
Campbell approached the police vehicle at close range and fired into the vehicle with the door open striking Officer Melvin Santiago in the head. He then fired three more times at a second marked police car striking the windshield, in attempt to kill two more officers.
• Officers in the subsequent car and first car returned fire, striking Campbell and killing him.
• During the course of the investigation, police identified Lawrence Campbell as one of three suspects wanted in connection with a prior homicide in Jersey City.
The additional information was consistent with Police Department information received over the last week, and police also identified Daniel Wilson as another person of interest in the prior homicide. The JCPD have been applying high pressure and aggressively searching for Daniel Wilson for past three days. We are still searching for Daniel Wilson and JCPD provide a photo.
STEVEN M. FULOP
MAYOR OF JERSEY CITY
STEVEN M. FULOP
MAYOR OF JERSEY CITY
CITY OF JERSEY CITY
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
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Jersey City Mayor Fulop on the cause and death of Police Officer Melvin Santiago
“Today was a horrible day for Jersey City. At 0409 hours, Jersey City Police responded to the Walgreen’s at the corner of Communipaw Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard on a call of an armed robbery. The first responding officers were Officers Santiago and Martinez, who responded from Bergen and Lexington. The actor fired at the marked police car, striking Officer Santiago – who was still inside the vehicle – in the head. Officer Melvin Santiago was pronounced dead shortly after at the Jersey City Medical Center. Additional responding officers returned fire at the actor, who was shot and pronounced dead at the scene. The armed security guard at the Walgreen’s stated that the actor struck him and took his weapon, which police believe was the weapon used in the shooting. The incident remains under active investigation.
It is a tragic situation when any officer is killed in the line of duty. Melvin was an officer who represented everything one would want to see in a police officer. I know the entire city’s thoughts and prayers are with the Santiago family during this difficult time and we mourn together.”
Further updates will be released by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office
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