Steven McDonald with his wife Patti and son Conor
Condolences to the family, fellow police officers and friends of
McDonald became a quadriplegic in 1986 after being shot three times while on undercover duty in
Central Park. He later forgave his shooter, who was 15 at the time, according to the
Irish Echo Newspaper in New York.
"Despite being confined to a wheelchair that included a machine to enable his breating, he carried his message of forgiveness and reconciliation to other parts of the world over the years, including
wrote Irish Echo editor Ray O'Hanlon.
"Steve McDonald was my dear friend," said Ray Flynn, former Mayor of Boston and U.S. Ambassador to the
"Steve taught us to forgive people who offended us and proved that love is
more powerful than hate.
"He was proud of his family, to wear the uniform of the New York Police Department, and to be a faithful Catholic," Flynn continued. "Steve was an inspiration to all people who believe in social justice and forgiveness."
A funeral mass is taking place at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan on Friday, January 13, 2017.