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Memorial Erected for Alleged Killer of Rookie Cop

Posted July 15th, 2014 @ 12:10pm by Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff

(NEWSER) – Mourners are coming to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial made out of candles, balloons, and heartfelt notes days after rookie officer Melvin Santiago was gunned down while responding to an armed robbery call. But the memorial—which also includes empty liquor bottles and the message “Thug in Peace” scribbled on a T-shirt—is for his alleged killer, not 23-year-old Santiago, reports AP. City officials are outraged at the Jersey City, NJ, tribute to Lawrence Campbell, who was killed by officers returning fire during the Sunday incident outside a Walgreens. "The people who put up a memorial to a cowardly murderer who shot somebody in the head without giving him a chance are not representative of the people who live" in that neighborhood, the city’s police chief says.

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