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AAA  Jul. 17, 2014 7:23 AM ET
Wake set for slain Jersey City police officer
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A makeshift memorial is seen for Jersey City Police officer Melvin Santiago, who was killed while on duty at the West District precinct, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. Officer Santiago was shot in the head while still in his police vehicle as he and his partner responded to an armed robbery call at about 4.a.m., on Sunday, July 13. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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(AP) — Mourners are set to begin saying their goodbyes to a rookie Jersey City police officer slain in the line of duty.

A wake for Officer Melvin Santiago is scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Santiago's funeral is scheduled for Friday morning.

The 23-year-old Santiago was killed while responding to reports of an armed robbery early Sunday at a 24-hour drug store. Authorities say the suspect, 27-year-old Lawrence Campbell, had grabbed a security guard's gun and waited for police to arrive before opening fire. He also was killed.

Tensions in the city have been raised this week by a sidewalk memorial to Campbell erected in his neighborhood. Mayor Steven Fulop ordered the display taken down.

Police said in a leaked memo that an informant spoke of possible retaliation against police by Bloods gang members.

Associated Press
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