Charity Organization Will Pay Off Slain NYPD Cop's Family Mortgage, Donate $10,000 to His Son's Education

Officer Jonathan Diller was fatally shot while conducting a traffic stop in Far Rockaway, Queens, N.Y.

<p>New York City Police Department via AP</p> Jonathan Diller

New York City Police Department via AP

Jonathan Diller

The family of the NYPD officer who was shot and killed while approaching a car stopped in a bus lane will not have to worry about paying off their home.

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation announced Thursday that it is covering the mortgage of Officer Jonathan Diller’s family, as well as donating $10,000 toward the education of his 1-year-old son.

Diller was killed Monday after a traffic stop in Far Rockaway, Queens. The Queen’s District Attorney’s Office said that when Diller approached the vehicle, a man sitting in the passenger’s seat pulled out a gun and shot the officer under his bulletproof vest. Diller’s partner fired back at the vehicle and struck the suspect, who was taken to the hospital. The driver of the car was also arrested.

Diller died from his injuries at the hospital. He is survived by his wife and son.

“Every day Officer Diller donned his uniform, there was a risk he may not come home,” Frank Chairman and CEO of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation Frank Siller said in a statement. “We will honor Officer Diller not only for his sacrifice but for his unwavering resolve to protect the people of New York City by ensuring his family can stay in their home, forever.”

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Two men were charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Diller. Guy Rivera, who authorities allege fired at Diller, was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder.

Lindy Jones, the driver of the car, was charged with weapons possession. Neither have entered a plea.

“Police Officer Diller was a father, husband and son simply doing his job to serve and protect,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a statement. “He was killed for it. As alleged, the defendant opened fire and took the officer’s life and tried to shoot another member of the NYPD. We will not rest until we have achieved justice for Officer Diller, his family and his brothers and sisters in the NYPD who put their lives on the line to protect us.”

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