The scene was solemn as slain Officer Adeed Fayaz was laid to rest Thursday afternoon in Brooklyn, following a memorial service held by his family at a local mosque. An officer of the 66th precinct in Park Slope, Fayaz was shot in a robbery gone wrong on Saturday afternoon, as he was attempting to purchase a car from a man off of Facebook Marketplace. A five year veteran of the NYPD at the time of his passing, Fayaz was honored by hundreds of his comrades, who turned out to pay their respects to the fallen officer and his family at the Makki Masjid Muslim Community Center in Midwood. New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell spoke at the funeral, both addressing the senseless nature of the crime and expressing sorrow for the loss of a young policeman. In his speech, Adams asserted, “we will never surrender our city to hate and violence”; Sewell added in her speech that, “we cannot allow anger or grief to paralyze us, darken our hearts test our resolve or break our will to hold those to account for malice in this city.”
The suspect in this case, Randy “Popper” Jones, was arrested on Monday and charged with First Degree Murder in Brooklyn Criminal Court. Fayaz was shot in the head Saturday evening following a struggle during an alleged attempt to rob the off-duty officer and his brother-in-law of the approximately 24,000 dollars in cash they had brought with them to pay for a car that Jones was selling. Fayaz was left on life-support until Tuesday evening, when he succumbed to his injuries. Officer Fayaz is survived by his wife and his two young children.
Words by Emily Cotler
Photos by Bruce Cotler