Santiago’s mother, Cathy McBride, told the New York Daily News that being a cop was her son’s “dream.” She said:
My son was 23-years-old and he was a good boy. And he didn’t deserve to get a bullet in his head for no reason. For just doing his job. It was his dream and he was living his dream, but at the same time he didn’t have to die like that. All because somebody wanted to be famous. My son did not deserve that.
His step-father, Alex McBride, added, “He didn’t even make it a whole year. I can’t believe it.”
Fulop said of Santiago:
By all accounts, he was enthusiastic, motivated, wanted to be in the West District because he was a true police officer and wanted to be a part of that culture in every single way. Aggressive about learning. … He just really loved being a police officer, with the brightest future possible. So it’s with a heavy heart that we’re here today, to say the least.
5. Campbell Asked a Store Clerk for Help Before the Attack Began
According to the New York Daily News, Fulop’s office said Campbell had entered the Walgreens and asked the same security officer he attacked directions to purchase a greeting card. He followed the directions of the security officer, then circled back to the officer. Campbell attacked the officer with a knife and stole his gun. The New York Daily News spoke to local residents, who heard the gunshots, and said they try and avoid that area of the city at night because business are typically targets for robberies.