Grieving relatives and friends who knew NYPD Officer Randolph Holder gathered Wednesday outside the family's Far Rockaway home. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
The father of fallen NYPD Officer Randolph Holder was straight and to the point about what he thinks should happen to the man accused of killing his son.
"To me? He should be put to death," Randolph Holder Senior said.
Holder Sr. and other relatives gathered in their Far Rockaway neighborhood to console each other over the shooting death of his 33-year-old son in East Harlem Tuesday night.
The fallen police officer was a five year veteran of the NYPD and a third generation police officer; his father and grandfather served in their native Guyana.
"He had always wanted to be a policeman. And that he did. He delivered his duties diligently, with pride," Holder Sr. said.
It was an emotional morning for those close to Holder, including this longtime friend Malika Clarke-Yarde, who appealed to city officials to do more to stop gun violence.
"Mr. Mayor do something. Mr. Commissioner do something. Do something. Too many fatherless children. He was just a father standing up for truth and rights," Clarke-Yarde said.
Holder was the father of a 16-year-old girl. His dad says he was a reader, a DJ, and was close to closing on a home on Long Island with his longtime girlfriend.
He also hoped to be promoted to detective soon.
Ruth Lawrence, a cousin, said Holder, who emigrated from Guyana, helped out his grandmother and brother who still live there. She was still in disbelief.
"Doing the job he loved. He just was going to be a detective. And they just take his life away. They don't want to work they don't want to do so nothing good. But to destroy people on the street. Very nice guy, very nice guy," Lawrence said.
Holder's father was asked if there was anything he would tell the man who killed his son. He said there was nothing much he would say and to let justice take its place.