Staggering sea of NYPD officers fill streets to mourn officer killed in ambush

Funeral for NYPD Officer Jason Rivera at St. Patrick's Cathedral

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The officers gathered for the funeral of Jason Rivera in New York today. Pictures show a sea of uniformed police officers standing in silence paying tribute to the fallen officer. The crowd stretched across several blocks of the city.

New York Mayor Eric Adams also paid his respects, saying: “Today we salute police officer Jason Rivera for the last time.

“His journey by our side has ended. He takes another path.”

Mr Rivera, just 22 years old, was less than a year into his job.

He had married his wife, Dominique Luzuriaga, just three months before his death.

Speaking at his funeral, Ms Luzuriaga said: “I couldn’t believe you left me.

“Although I gained thousands of blue brothers and sisters, I’m the loneliest without you.”

Speaking to ABC news from outside the church, one onlooker said: “I think it’s really sad.

“On the other hand, it’s beautiful to see how police officers show solidarity.”

Another man added: “It hurts me because I have a son that’s 22, so I can relate to this a little bit.”

Mr Rivera and his partner Officer Wilbert Mora were killed after a gunman ambushed them in an apartment.

The pair were responding to a family dispute last week.

Mr Mora was taken to hospital with critical injuries, which he died from four days later.

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He needed two surgeries after he was shot in the head and a bullet became lodged in his brain but he could not be saved.

The 27-year-old died at NYU Langone Hospital on Tuesday afternoon after being taken off life support.

They are the first two officers to be killed by gunfire in New York since 2017.

The NYPD also paid tribute to the officers earlier this week, as hundreds of officers took to the streets on Sunday afternoon while Mr Rivera’s body was transferred from the Medical Examiner’s Office to a funeral home.

The tragic incident took place in Harlem on Friday, where the two police officers were responding to a call about an argument between a woman and her adult son.

The gunman is said to have run from the back bedroom of the apartment and opened fire.

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