For the second time in five days, a New York City police officer killed responding to a 911 call was being disposed of at St Patrick’s Cathedral, as thousands of officers poured into Midtown Manhattan on Wednesday morning.
Officer’s death Wilbert Mora27, was notified January 25, four days after he and his partner were shot while responding to a disturbance in their home in Harlem.
Officer Mora’s partner, Jason Riveradied the night of the shooting and was laid to rest last Friday during a service that saw officers from across the country gather under the snow in a mass that stretched across the blocks of Dai Route 5. Officer Rivera, 22, is remembered as a passionate recruit who dreamed of making a meaningful change in the relationship between police and the communities they served.
Officer Mora’s funeral on Wednesday, which begins at 10 a.m. at the same famous church where Officer Rivera was celebrated, will include eulogies by the mayor, police commissioner and commander of the police station. Area 32, where both officers are assigned. A separate ceremony will follow a visitation service at a cemetery in Woodside, Queens.
Just as they did at Officer Rivera’s funeral, officers from all over the region – from upstate New York City to Fairfax County, Virginia – came to pay their respects.
Two police officers were killed in the first weeks of Mayor Eric Adams’ tenure, and he is expected to deliver a eulogy that will include both solemn reflections on the life of Mr. Mora and a broader commitment to ending gun violence, as he did at last week’s service. Other local officials, including the police commissioner, were also arranged to attend the ceremony.
Officer Mora joined the department in 2018 and was appointed to Subdivision 32 in November 2019. He is part of a growing contingent of Dominican officers who, along with other young Latino officers , has changed the face of a set that was once overwhelmingly white.
Like his counterpart, he shows a keen awareness of policing shortcomings in predominantly black and Latino neighborhoods across the city – and a desire to create new ways to improve policing. new approach. He grew up during the height of the stop and run in New York, and as a student he studied the impact of those tactics, along with less confrontational strategies. , for neighborhoods like East Harlem, where he lives.
Officers Mora and Rivera of a group of three responded on January 21 to 911 call at an apartment in Harlem: A mother has asked police to speak to her adult son, Lashawn McNeil, 47, after he verbally threatened her while the two were arguing. She did not mention weapons or violence in the apartment.
When officers arrived, they were met at the door by the mother, who told them her son was in the back bedroom, police said. She asked him to come out from the room at the end of the long and cramped corridor. But he did not join them.
Officers Mora and Rivera walked down the hallway toward the door, one of them calling out to Mr. McNeil. But as the two officers approached the bedroom, police said, McNeil opened fire with a pistol armed with a high-capacity empty magazine, leaving both critically injured.
The shooting marked the first time in seven years that two city policemen were killed together on the job.
The third officer, an intern, stayed to talk to Mr. McNeil’s mother and a brother who was also there. After gunfire broke out, the officer threw the mother and brother into the kitchen, then shot McNeil twice, in the head and arm. He died of his injuries last week.
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