Oscar-winner Robert De Niro is encouraging all New Yorkers to join those who have contributed nearly a quarter-million dollars to a Pay Pal fund for the families of slain NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

"It's not only our brave policemen and women who sacrifice for us, it's also their families," the Greenwich Village native told the New York Daily News. "They've done their duty, and now it's time to do ours."

De Niro, renowned for his work in "Raging Bull" and "Goodfellas," expressed confidence in his fellow city residents during this period of mourning. "At times like these, New Yorkers know what to do," he said. "Thank you for joining me in contributing to the Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos families."

Hundreds have already donated to this fund created by the New York Daily News to help the two slain officers' surviving family members.

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