New York police detective WenJian Liu was killed two and half years ago in a murder and this week, his widow wife gave birth to his baby daughter named Angelina.
Angelina was born on Tuesday at Weill Cornell Hospital.
Her mother, Sanny Liu, asked doctors to freeze her husband’s sperm the night he died so that she could one day fulfil their dream of having children.
Liu, 32, and partner Rafael Ramos, 40, were shot dead as they sat in a patrol car in Brooklyn on December 20, 2014.
The gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, then killed himself with the same weapon.
The night after his death, Sanny dreamt that he handed her a baby girl, police said.
She got pregnant through in-vitro fertilization.
“I told my friend, ‘It’s going to be a baby girl.’ My friend said, ‘No, you haven’t even checked the sonograms,’ but I was right!” she said in a statement.
Thousands of police officers attended Liu’s funeral where Sanny, who had married him just months earlier, fought back tears to tell mourners that she had lost her “soul mate” and a “wonderful husband.”
Liu, an only child, moved with his parents to New York from China.
His parents, left heartbroken by his death, were photographed at the hospital welcoming their new granddaughter.
Sanny Liu said she cannot wait to tell Angelina that her father was a hero, and is looking forward to introducing her daughter to the “big blue family”.