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12/22/2011 12:59 pm ET

Peter Figoski, Slain NYPD Officer, Scholarship Fund Raises Over $1 Million In A Week

A scholarship fund set up for the four surviving daughters of slain NYPD officer, Peter Figoski, passed the $1 million mark in just one week, the New York Post reports.

Figoski, 47, of West Babylon, was murdered in a botched Brooklyn robbery on Dec. 12, according to the Associated Press. The officer, who was promoted to detective, first class posthumously, left behind four daughters -- Christine, 20, Caitlyn, 18, Carolyn, 16 and Corrine, 14.

Figoski's partner pursued and captured the gunman, Lamont Pride, who has been charged with first-degree murder.

The New York Post established the Peter Figoski Scholarship Fund to help pay for his daughters' educations. Contributions tipped $1 million Wednesday, hitting $1,109,776.

"New Yorkers instinctively understand that an attack on a police officer is an attack on the city at large," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told the New York Post. "Their stunning generosity toward Officer Figoski's four daughters demonstrated as much, and more."

Figoski was remembered Monday for his 22 years of service, during which he earned 12 medals, made more than 200 arrests and the New York City crime rate dropped 90 percent, the Associated Press reports.

During the funeral service, a family spokesman read a letter on Figoski's daughters' behalf, thanking supporters for their outpouring of warmth and generosity.

"We now feel connected to a side of our dad we rarely saw at home," the letter read, according to the AP.

Want to help? Contribute to the Peter Figoski Scholarship Fund here.

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