Arrangements for Saturday’s Manhattan funeral were announced for the dead NYPD Officer Jason Rivera, where union leaders urged New Yorkers to attend services to “send a message” to the city’s would-be killers.
Rivera, who was Shot dead during a local call Friday, St. Patrick’s Cathedral mourns Thursday and Friday.
The New York Police said a wake will be held for the 22-year-old Washington Heights newborn from 1 to 8 p.m. at the massive Midtown House of Worship on Jan. 27, followed by funeral services at 9 a.m. the next day.
Rivera’s partner, Wilbert Mora, 27, continued to fight for his life at Harlem Hospital on Saturday after the two were ambushed by conditional criminal Lashawn McNeil during a local call.
Rivera, married and father of one, just joined the force 14 months ago. His death sent shockwaves through New York, with Mayor Eric Adams declaring the violence an “attack on our city.”
Pat Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Charitable Association, NYPD’s largest union, He appealed to New Yorkers every day to attend the Riviera service Friday in solidarity with the 36,000 members of the ministry.
“We can’t be alone,” he said. “The streets cannot only be filled with NYC police officers at this funeral. The public must come. The public must send a message to anyone who dares to harm a NYC police officer. Not here, not now, not today, not for us. We ask Humbly of you to come out and help us.”
Many members of the audience were already dug into their pockets To show their support for Rivera and Mora. An online fundraiser for their families raised $135,000 by Saturday night.