The Latest: Rangers call paralyzed detective who died 'hero'

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  • FILE - In this Dec. 22, 1987 file photo, New York City Police Officer Steven McDonald, who was shot in the line of duty, is honored on the ice at the Philadelphia Flyers-New York Rangers hockey game in New York's Madison Square Garden with his wife Patti. McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace after he publicly forgave the gunman, died Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at the age of 59. (AP Photo/Wilbur Funches, File)

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    FILE- In this Aug. 30, 2004 file photo, New York Police Officer Steven McDonald recites the Pledge of Allegiance before the morning session of the Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden in New York. On Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, officials said McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace after he publicly forgave the gunman, died at the age of 59. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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    FILE - In this Feb. 29, 1988 file photo, paralyzed police officer Steven McDonald receives applause from members of the New York City Police Department as he arrives for funeral services at Seaford, N.Y., for slain officer Edward Byrne. McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace after he publicly forgave the gunman, died Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at the age of 59. (AP Photo/David Bookstaver, File)

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    FILE - In this March 1, 1987 file photo, Cardinal John J. O'Connor places a towel on Conor Patrick McDonald, the month-old son of paralyzed officer Steven McDonald, seated in wheelchair, while McDonald's wife Patti smiles during the christening ceremony in New York. McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace after he publicly forgave the gunman, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at the age of 59. (AP Photo/David Bookstaver, File)

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    FILE - In this Oct. 30, 1986 file photo, NYPD Officer Steven McDonald, paralyzed after being shot in Central Park earlier in the year, receives a New York Mets baseball jacket from Mets' president Fred Wilpon, left, in McDonald's room in New York's Bellevue Hospital. They are jointed by then Mayor Ed Koch, second from left, and McDonald's wife Patti. McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace after he publicly forgave the gunman, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at the age of 59. (AP Photo/Mario Suriani, File)

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    FILE- In this Jan. 25, 1995 file photo- New York City police officer Steven McDonald talks to students at a junior high school in New York. McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace after he publicly forgave the gunman, died Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at the age of 59. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

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    FILE- In this Dec. 10, 1988 file photo, Heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, right, meets with paralyzed police officer Steven McDonald at the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association Christmas party held at Jimmy Weston's restaurant in New York. McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace after he publicly forgave the gunman, died Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at the age of 59. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

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    FILE - In this July 11, 1989 file photo, New York police detective Steven McDonald, left, who was paralyzed by a gunman's bullet in Central Park in 1986, poses with his wife Patti Ann and his son, Conor, at a party in New York for their book "The Steven McDonald Story." McDonald, who became an international voice for peace after he publicly forgave the gunman who shot him, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at the age of 59. (AP Photo/Susan Ragan, File)

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    FILE - In this July 5, 2006 file photo, paralyzed New York City police officer Steven McDonald poses with his wife, Patti McDonald at their home in Malverne, N.Y. McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace after he publicly forgave the gunman, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at the age of 59. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

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    FILE - In this March 15, 2015 file photo, New York City Detective Steven McDonald, his wife Patti, and son, Conor, smile after receiving the Spirit of Giving Award at the Kelly Cares Foundation's 5th Annual Irish Eyes Gala held at the JW Marriot Essex House in New York. McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace after he publicly forgave the gunman, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at the age of 59. (Photo by Stuart Ramson/Invision for Kelly Cares Foundation/AP Images, File)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 22, 1987 file photo, New York City Police Officer Steven McDonald, who was shot in the line of duty, is honored on the ice at the Philadelphia Flyers-New York Rangers hockey game in New York's Madison Square Garden with his wife Patti. McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace after he publicly forgave the gunman, died Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at the age of 59. (AP Photo/Wilbur Funches, File)

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    FILE- In this Aug. 30, 2004 file photo, New York Police Officer Steven McDonald recites the Pledge of Allegiance before the morning session of the Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden in New York. On Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, officials said McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace after he publicly forgave the gunman, died at the age of 59. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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    FILE - In this Feb. 29, 1988 file photo, paralyzed police officer Steven McDonald receives applause from members of the New York City Police Department as he arrives for funeral services at Seaford, N.Y., for slain officer Edward Byrne. McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace after he publicly forgave the gunman, died Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at the age of 59. (AP Photo/David Bookstaver, File)

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    FILE - In this March 1, 1987 file photo, Cardinal John J. O'Connor places a towel on Conor Patrick McDonald, the month-old son of paralyzed officer Steven McDonald, seated in wheelchair, while McDonald's wife Patti smiles during the christening ceremony in New York. McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace after he publicly forgave the gunman, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at the age of 59. (AP Photo/David Bookstaver, File)

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    FILE - In this Oct. 30, 1986 file photo, NYPD Officer Steven McDonald, paralyzed after being shot in Central Park earlier in the year, receives a New York Mets baseball jacket from Mets' president Fred Wilpon, left, in McDonald's room in New York's Bellevue Hospital. They are jointed by then Mayor Ed Koch, second from left, and McDonald's wife Patti. McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace after he publicly forgave the gunman, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at the age of 59. (AP Photo/Mario Suriani, File)

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    FILE- In this Jan. 25, 1995 file photo- New York City police officer Steven McDonald talks to students at a junior high school in New York. McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace after he publicly forgave the gunman, died Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at the age of 59. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

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    FILE- In this Dec. 10, 1988 file photo, Heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, right, meets with paralyzed police officer Steven McDonald at the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association Christmas party held at Jimmy Weston's restaurant in New York. McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace after he publicly forgave the gunman, died Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at the age of 59. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

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    FILE - In this July 11, 1989 file photo, New York police detective Steven McDonald, left, who was paralyzed by a gunman's bullet in Central Park in 1986, poses with his wife Patti Ann and his son, Conor, at a party in New York for their book "The Steven McDonald Story." McDonald, who became an international voice for peace after he publicly forgave the gunman who shot him, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at the age of 59. (AP Photo/Susan Ragan, File)

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    FILE - In this July 5, 2006 file photo, paralyzed New York City police officer Steven McDonald poses with his wife, Patti McDonald at their home in Malverne, N.Y. McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace after he publicly forgave the gunman, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at the age of 59. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

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    FILE - In this March 15, 2015 file photo, New York City Detective Steven McDonald, his wife Patti, and son, Conor, smile after receiving the Spirit of Giving Award at the Kelly Cares Foundation's 5th Annual Irish Eyes Gala held at the JW Marriot Essex House in New York. McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace after he publicly forgave the gunman, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at the age of 59. (Photo by Stuart Ramson/Invision for Kelly Cares Foundation/AP Images, File)

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the death of former police Detective Steven McDonald, who was paralyzed by a teenage gunman's bullet in 1986 but forgave the shooter and became an international voice for peace (all times local):

4:10 p.m.

The New York Rangers are remembering one of their biggest fans, a former police detective who was paralyzed by a teenage gunman's bullet in 1986 but forgave the shooter and became an international voice for peace.

Former New York Police Department Detective Steven McDonald died Tuesday at age 59.

McDonald maintained close ties with the Rangers over the years. The team set up the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award in his name. Every season the team honored him and his family on the ice.

The Rangers have tweeted McDonald was their "friend" and "hero."

McDonald was shot July 12, 1986. He believed what happened was God's will. He took his message of peace and forgiveness to Israel, Northern Ireland and Bosnia.

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan calls McDonald "an icon of mercy and forgiveness."

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2:50 p.m.

A New York Police Department detective who was paralyzed by a teenage shooter's bullet but publicly forgave the shooter and became an international voice for peace has died. Steven McDonald was 59.

The NYPD says McDonald died Tuesday at a Long Island hospital, where he'd been admitted after a recent heart attack.

McDonald was shot July 12, 1986. A bullet tore into his neck and pierced his spinal column. Doctors thought he'd die.

McDonald believed what happened was God's will, to turn him into a messenger of God's word. On March 1, 1987, he read a statement about his feelings toward the teenager who crippled him and said, "I forgive him."

In the years that followed, McDonald became one of the world's foremost pilgrims for peace. He took his message of forgiveness to Israel, Northern Ireland and Bosnia.

        

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