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Paterson visits with Edwards family

June 2, 2009 7:24:06 AM PDT
The Edwards family tried to keep a low profile, but they received high-profile visits from Governor David Paterson and Rev. Al Sharpton.

Feeling a phone call would not suffice, Gov. Paterson came to Brooklyn to pay his respects in person to the family of Officer Omar Edwards.

"They are mourning and I came in and offered them the prayers of my family," he said.

The governor came with Sharpton and stayed about 15 minutes. The visit, we're told, was not about politics or the controversy surrounding the shooting death. That will play out in a different arena.

Edwards was chasing a suspect while off-duty last Thursday when another officer shot and killed him. On Wednesday, the governor meets with community leaders to hear their demands for a federal investigation and changes in police procedures.

The police commissioner on Monday said training can always be improved.

"You can never do enough training. So, we're reinforcing our training and putting our a special training dvd starting today," Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

Edwards was recently married with two young children.

In addition to the high profile visits, the Edwards family received two signed footballs from the NYPD football team. Edwards played with the team. On Sunday, the team defeated the team from the FDNY. His teams left a spot on the bench for his helmet and his jersey, number 23.

"It's something that his mom could have, his wife could have. It's just something to remember what kind of player he was," Anthony Curran said.

The funeral for Officer Edwards is scheduled for Thursday.


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