Last Friday night, two young NYPD officers were seriously injured in a shooting that occurred while responding to a domestic violence call in Harlem.
The younger of the two, Jason Rivera (22), was shot and died later that night. His partner, Wilbert Mora (27), was in intensive care unit, fighting for his life for 4 days, until he died of his wounds on Tuesday.
Fellow police officers bid farewell to Mora and Rivera
A vigil was held Wednesday night at the NYPD’s 32nd Precinct, where Mora and Rivera worked, where hundreds of family members, friends, fellow officers and state authorities gathered to commemorate the slain officers.
Officer Sterling Medina, a close friend of Mora’s, said through tears that “his smile lit up a room” and “his laugh changed everyone’s mood,” before breaking down in tears. “To know that we’re not gonna get that again, it hurts.”
Medina referred to Rivera as “his brother” and strongly lamented his departure. “I can’t believe God called him that day.”
The vigil began around 6:30 p.m. and stretched into the night. This Thursday afternoon, hundreds of police officers, family members, friends and neighbors gathered outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where the wake for the fallen officers is taking place.