Mother, brother of slain Jersey City cop carry his memory through year of anguish | The Jersey Journal | By Michaelangelo Conte & Patrick Villanova

Cathy McBride awoke to four simple words after the doorbell of her Stegman Parkway apartment rang the morning of July 13, 2014.

"Mom, it's the police," McBride's teenage son, Alex, told her.

McBride, the mother of slain Jersey City Police Detective Melvin Vincent Santiago, said when she first heard the life-altering news later that day that her son had been killed in the line of duty, it was impossible for her to believe he was actually gone.

Santiago, 23, was fatally shot shortly after 4 a.m. while responding to the report of an armed robbery at a Walgreens at Communipaw Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard. His killer -- 27-year-old Lawrence Campbell – had stolen the gun from a store security guard and was subsequently shot and killed by police at the scene after ambushing Santiago.

One year after the officer's shocking death, McBride said during a recent interview with The Jersey Journal that the past year has been "like a fog, like a dream" and that her son's murder has robbed her family of any chance of ever being happy. Continue reading.