#JeSuisAhmed: Tributes for Muslim cop slain by extremists
Tributes under the hashtag #JeSuisAhmed (I am Ahmed) have poured in from around the world to pay respects to a Muslim police officer among the dead in the attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris.
The officer has been identified as Ahmed Merabet, a bicycle patrolman who was shot point-blank after 11 others were killed at the satirical magazine on Wednesday.
The 42-year-old's death was captured on video. It showed the wounded officer holding up his hand before one of the attackers shoots him in the head.
The eight-year police veteran leaves behind a wife.
Many tweets reflected the sentiment that Merabet died protecting the right to ridicule his faith.
Merabet's murder has left his colleagues shaken.
"We are all extremely shocked. The police are deeply affected by the video of the murder of their colleague circulating on some networks," union department secretary Rocco Contento told the Daily Mail