Wake held at St. Patrick’s for slain NYPD cop Jason Rivera

Wake held at St. Patrick's for slain NYPD cop Jason Rivera

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1/27/2022 8:01:00 PM

Wake held at St. Patrick's for slain NYPD cop Jason Rivera

Thousands of mourners are expected to flood Midtown Thursday — first-responders and civilians alike — for the wake of slain cop Jason Rivera at the historic Manhattan church.

NYPD Police Officer Jason Rivera is getting a hero’s farewell at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.Thousands of mourners are expected to flood Midtown Thursday — first responders and civilians alike — for the wake of the slain cop at the historic Manhattan church.

The body of the 22-year-old cop — which arrived at the historic church at about 11:30 a.m. — will lie at the foot ofthe altarwith his photo alongside an NYPD flag made of flowers. It will be the first of two police funerals at St. Pat’s.Rivera’s partner, Wilbert Mora, is due to be mourned at a funeral at the church next week.

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Grieving father of slain NYPD cop Jason Rivera ‘broken’ after Harlem ambush NYPD Police Officer Jason Rivera is getting a hero’s farewell at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Thousands of mourners are expected to flood Midtown Thursday — first responders and civilians alike — for the wake of the slain cop at the historic Manhattan church. The body of the 22-year-old cop — which arrived at the historic church at about 11:30 a.m. — will lie at the foot of the altar with his photo alongside an NYPD flag made of flowers. It will be the first of two police funerals at St. Pat’s. Rivera’s partner, Wilbert Mora, is due to be mourned at a funeral at the church next week. “It’s heartbreaking,” Queens resident Kathy Geraghty said outside the cathedral Thursday morning, hours before the 1 p.m. wake. “I went to say a prayer and light a candle for the two police officers and their families,” Geraghty said with tears in her eyes. “It’s a crazy world we live in. There’s no law and order, despite police trying their best.” Rivera’s wake will be followed by a funeral service on Friday and a private cremation ceremony at Ferncliff Cemetery in Westchester County, officials said this week. A flag made of flowers will adorn the altar next to Jason Rivera’s casket. Paul Martinka Rivera, a 22-year-old newlywed, was killed when deranged career criminal Lashawn McNeil ambushed the young cop during a domestic violence call in Harlem on Friday. Mora, 27, was pronounced dead in the attack on Tuesday and will be mourned next week at his funeral at the cathedral, according to police. The bodies of both officers were taken to Riverdale Funeral Home in Upper Manhattan this week pending their funerals. Jason Rivera was a newlywed and only 22 years old. Paul Martinka Jason Rivera’s wake will be followed by a funeral service on Friday. Paul Martinka McNeil was shot by a third officer, rookie Sumit Sulan, during the attack on Rivera and Mora and died from his wounds earlier this week. Rivera and Mora are the first NYPD officers killed in the line of duty since April, when officer by a drunk driver at the scene of an accident on the Long Island Expressway. Share this article: