NEW YORK — The wake and funeral for the NYPD officer who was fatally shot in Harlem on Friday will be held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral at the end of the week, the city Police Benevolent Association has confirmed.
What You Need To Know
- Slain NYPD Officer Jason Rivera's wake and funeral will be held at St. Patrick's Cathedral at the end of the week
- Rivera, 22, was killed and his fellow NYPD officer, 27-year-old Wilbert Mora, was critically hurt in a shooting in Harlem Friday evening
- The two were responding to a domestic incident at an apartment building when Lashawn McNeil, 47, shot them, authorities said
- Mayor Eric Adams on Saturday said Mora was "still fighting for his life"
NYPD Officer Jason Rivera’s wake will be held Thursday, with his funeral set to take place Friday.
Rivera, 22, was killed and his fellow NYPD officer, 27-year-old Wilbert Mora, was critically hurt when 47-year-old Lashawn McNeil shot them as they were responding to a domestic incident Friday night, authorities said.
As of Sunday afternoon, Mora was still hospitalized in critical condition, the NYPD said. He was transferred from NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem to NYU Langone Health on First Avenue in Manhattan Sunday evening, the department said.
Police Officer Wilbert Mora is expected to be transported to NYU Langone Medical Center at 5 PM. https://t.co/mGnfMXyctD— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) January 23, 2022
A dignified transfer of Rivera's body from the city Medical Examiner's office to Riverdale Funeral Home in Inwood, the neighborhood where the fallen police officer grew up, took place Sunday. Officers lined up to pay their respects, standing shoulder to shoulder.
There was also a powerful show of support from police departments across the state on Sunday. Officers from Westchester and the Hudson Valley made the trip to donate flowers, cards and food showing their support. A donation is also being made to Rivera's family.
A caravan made its way to the 32nd Precinct station house in Harlem, where Rivera and Mora worked.
"It does make a big difference to the officers assigned to this precinct for the community to come out and show their support during this time,” Westchester County Police Department Sergeant Jim Dress said.
"The community needs to know even though we wear different patches, all the officers here, it's probably 100 officers here all throughout the Hudson Valley, that we are standing shoulder to shoulder, patch by patch, but we are all part of the same family,” Dress added.
Community members held a prayer vigil for Rivera and Mora in front of the 32nd Precinct Saturday night.
Members of the Dyckman Run Club, meanwhile, gathered on Saturday to honor Rivera, who was part of the club.
“His passion was to become a police officer. He was very humble,” club co-founder Orlando Bido said. “A young man that was always pushing for his best. Every time he came out and trained with us, he was always reaching a new level.”
Rivera himself wrote a letter to the commanding officer of the police academy while he was still training in November 2020, saying he “knew this was the career for me.”
“Growing up in Inwood, Manhattan, the community’s relationship between the police and the community was not great,” he wrote. “My perspective on police and the way they police really bothered me.”
“As time went on, I saw the NYPD pushing hard on changing the relationship between the police and the community,” he added. “This was when I realized that I wanted to be a part of the men in blue; better the relationship between the community and the police.”