New York Islanders Dedicate 50/50 Raffle Proceeds to Slain NYPD Detective’s Family

The New York Islanders have announced that they will be dedicating the proceeds from Saturday’s 50/50 raffle to the family of slain NYPD Detective Jonathan Diller. Detective Diller, a devoted fan of the Islanders, tragically lost his life during a routine traffic stop in Far Rockaway, Queens last week. The team made the announcement at the start of their game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night, following a moment of silence in honor of the fallen officer.

The funds raised from the raffle will benefit Detective Diller’s widow, Stephanie, and their 1-year-old son, Ryan. The Islanders expressed their condolences to the family, friends, and fellow officers of Detective Diller through a statement projected on the jumbotron during his funeral. The team also held a moment of silence and illuminated the lanterns at UBS Arena in blue as a tribute to the fallen officer.

The 50/50 raffle in Detective Diller’s honor will take place during the Islanders’ game against the Nashville Predators at UBS Arena in Elmont. The team regularly hosts 50/50 raffles to support various charities, including Tunnel to Towers and the Alzheimer’s Association. The largest prize pot of the season so far amounted to $84,800 in October.

Detective Diller, a three-year veteran of the NYPD, was fatally shot when he approached two individuals in a car parked at a bus stop. The two men were career criminals with numerous prior arrests. Guy Rivera, the passenger in the vehicle, shot Detective Diller just below his bulletproof vest during a scuffle. Rivera, who had 21 prior arrests, was found to have a shiv concealed in his rectum, indicating his anticipation of being sent to jail again. The driver, Lindy Jones, was also arrested after a second gun was discovered in his car.

During Detective Diller’s funeral, NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban posthumously promoted him to detective, assigning him badge number 110 in honor of his son Ryan’s birthday.

Author: CrimeDoor

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