Name : Pekearo, Nicholas 

Rank: Aux PO

Shield #: 12674 Command: 006 Pct Auxilary Police Unit
Date of Death: 2007-03-14   Cause of Death: Shot
 Two NYPD auxiliary police officers were shot and killed by a heavily-armed gunman in a volley of gunfire on the streets of Greenwich Village Wednesday night, after the suspect had fatally shot a restaurant employee.

Investigators say the volunteer officers - Nicholas Pekearo and Yevgeniy 'Eugene' Marshalik - chased the suspect, identified as 32-year-old David Gavin, after Gavin fired 15 shots at an employee at De Marco's pizzeria on West Houston Street near Macdougal, killing 35-year-old Alfredo Romaro around 9 p.m.

The unarmed auxiliary officers caught up with Gavin at Sullivan Street, where he shot and killed the two before armed officers could arrive. Gavin was shot and killed by responding armed NYPD police officers at Bleecker and Sullivan Streets.

Police say a nine millimeter handgun and another weapon were recovered from the scene, along with about 100 rounds of ammunition and at least two other clips, leading authorities to say the incident could have been even more tragic had the suspect not been stopped when he was.

"This tragedy, as horrific as it was, could have been a lot worse without the actions of our brave officers," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg at an early-morning press conference at St. Vincent's Hospital, where the injured officers were pronounced dead.

"He killed three unarmed individuals in quick succession and appeared to be ready to take even more lives," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. "When he turned onto Sullivan Street he encountered two of the city's unsung heroes, two New York City auxiliary police officers. They were part of the 4,500 member program whose volunteers serve without compensation as the eyes and ears of this department."

Witnesses described a chaotic scene in which people screamed and ran for cover during a barrage of 15-20 bullets outside a popular stretch of restaurants near the campus of New York University. Police closed off several blocks around the area as patrons streamed into the streets following the shootings.

The gunman was also found to be carrying a fake beard, which witnesses said he had been wearing as a disguise when he shot the restaurant employee.

Nicholas Pekearo, 28, had been with the auxiliary police since 2003. Eugene Marshalik was two weeks shy of his 20th birthday. He was a student at NYU; he joined the Auxiliary Police Department 13 months ago. Pekearo and Marshalik are the sixth and seventh auxiliary officers to lose their lives in the line of duty since the program's inception. The last auxiliary officer fatality occurred in 1993.
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Comments from Friends    
Rest in peace angel.
— Deneen M
Posted: March 15, 2007, 10:37 am

You are a hero to New York City. Rest in Peace.
— A/Sgt Richard Oberhaus
Posted: March 15, 2007, 1:41 pm

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: March 16, 2007, 11:47 am

Posted: March 21, 2007, 10:33 am

God Bless. I was on partol when you died. I was asking cen tral for updates about you. I just want to say that you are forever in my heart . God Bless.
— A/P.O Raymond Melendez
Posted: April 5, 2007, 12:37 pm

— willie
Posted: April 2, 2007, 11:00 pm

— APO Pierros 110 pct.
Posted: April 1, 2007, 12:59 pm

You are a true hero. Former NYC Aux Police Officer
— Joe
Posted: April 15, 2007, 12:00 pm

You are a true hero! May you rest in peace. 47th Precinct Auxiliary Police Unit.
— 47 PCT Aux Unit
Posted: June 7, 2007, 4:51 pm

Like his partner, he was Faithful Unto Death. Even under horrific conditions, this Officer, a true Cop's Cop, didn't desert his Partner, his Post, or his City. We will never know his potential, but we DO know that he reached a very high level of achievement even as he was killed. He saved lives by the sacrifice of his own. He Died Protecting His City...
— Charles Dinegar
Posted: September 18, 2007, 9:17 pm

my brother in heaven we miss you
— jose
Posted: January 7, 2009, 10:56 pm

We will never forget you my brother in blue.May your memory live on not only in this city but in this world. -MTS NYPD
— A/PO Ralph Torrens
Posted: February 7, 2009, 3:10 am

An Angel In The Sky Must Leave His Place Of Rest,Gently Tucking His Wings Beneath His Armored Vest.For Duty Has Called, There Is Much Work To DoLittle Did He Know, This One Is Dressed In Blue.Arriving On The Scene, He Knows Just What To Say,"Follow Me, Fallen Brother, I'll Show You The Way.""Your Duty Has Ended, Your Work Is Now Through.""Come Hang Your Hat Beside Mine. I'm A Cop, Too! RIP Brother you will be missed
Posted: October 22, 2009, 10:50 am

Posted: January 30, 2010, 3:23 pm

Nicholas, we continue to pray for you.
— Tommy
Posted: March 14, 2014, 2:52 am

Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: March 13, 2015, 10:40 am



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