One of president-elect Donald Trump’s first acts immediately following his 2016 presidential victory was to comfort the wife of a murdered NYPD cop — a compassionate act he seemingly replicated in recent days.
Trump reportedly called Dane Gregory Marconi, son of slain San Antonio Police Det. Benjamin Marconi, to offer his condolences on Monday evening, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
News of the phone call came after Dane Macroni purportedly posted about it on Facebook, writing, “Just got off the phone with the future president Trump, he sends his condolences to our family.” The message was then shared by another individual who purportedly works as a crime scene investigator for the San Antonio Police Department.
Benjamin Marconi, 50, was fatally shot while giving a ticket during a traffic stop on Sunday, with investigators accusing Otis Tyrone McKane, 31, of pulling up during the stop before firing two shots at the officer.
Trump’s spokeswoman didn’t immediately confirm the call, though Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., posted a link to the San Antonio Express-News article on his Twitter feed.
The Marconi family hasn’t spoken out openly about the phone call since the purported Facebook post, but has requested the public respect their privacy as they grieve in the wake of the horrific attack.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 22, 2016
“At this time, the Marconi family would like to give thanks from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of support, prayers and love we have received,” read a family statement issued on Monday. “At this time, we would appreciate privacy to mourn the loss of a wonderful father, brother, grandfather, friend and last, but not least, a peace officer.”
McKane reportedly said after his capture on Monday that he allegedly committed the crime due to anger he had over personal issues — and he expressed apologies to the Marconi family, according to KSAT-TV.
“I’ve been through several custody battles and I was upset at the system I was in, and I lashed out at somebody who didn’t deserve it,” he reportedly said.
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