Hundreds gather outside funeral home to honor murdered NYPD rookie

Hundreds of New York’s finest gathered at a Manhattan funeral home on Sunday to pay their respects to Murdered Rookie Cop Jason Rivera And trying to console his family, including his mother, who was crying in a wheelchair.

Pictures of the emotional scene showed police cuddling and embracing each other while Rivera’s body was brought to Riverdale’s funeral home in Inwood.

Mayor Eric Adams and NYPD Commissioner Kishant Sewell were at the bleak scene, which also included the murdered 22-year-old mother of the officer in tears as she was brought to the funeral home in a wheelchair.

Can Rivera Shot dead during a local call Friday in Harlem, his partner in police Wilbert Mora, 27, continued to fight for his life at Harlem Hospital Sunday after the two were ambushed.

The family and the NYPD family gather at Rivera's funeral.
Rivera’s mother cries from her wheelchair surrounded by her family and NYPD personnel.
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Viola Rivera cries for her son.
Rivera was married and the father of one daughter.
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Mora was listed in a very critical condition. Early on Sunday afternoon, about 200 police from Precinct 32 in Harlem, where the cops worked, marched to the hospital in a somber procession to protest.

Mora is scheduled to be transferred to New York University Langone Medical Center in Manhattan sometime Sunday, the police department said without further details.

Adams, a former NYPD captain, released an honest video of himself Sunday on every NYPD cop’s work phone.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, NYC Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell, and Jason Rivera's family, as well as members of the 34th District, have gathered to pay their respects to the fallen police officer whose body was purchased at the funeral home.
Rivera was fatally shot when he and his partner responded to a local call in Harlem.
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Officers salute Rivera's body as it is taken to the funeral home.
Rivera was only in the force for 14 months when he was fatally shot.
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“I want you to know that I am here for you,” he said. “I know how devastating this is.”

Rivera, married and father of one, just joined the force just 14 months ago.

“He was such a humble person, I’ve always seen him in church,” said Luisa Jimenez, 52, who was outside the funeral home. “He was a very hardworking, very kind, family member, always with his family, and was very close to his Catholic faith.”

NYPD headshots of Rivera and Mora
Rivera, left, is killed by a fatal bullet in the ambush while his partner Mora, right, continues to fight for his life.
Police officers cry at the Rivera memorial.
On Sunday morning, 200 police from District 32 in Harlem walked to Harlem Hospital, where Rivera and Mora were taken after the ambush.
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The officers comfort each other while Rivera is wheeled to the funeral home.
Rivera will be laid to rest on January 28.
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Wake up Patrick’s Cathedral on January 27, followed by funeral services at 9 a.m. the next day.

Members of the public had already raised over $135,000 for the Rivera and Mora families.


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