Body of slain NYPD hero Wilbert Mora arrived at Manhatten Funeral Home as hundreds of New York’s Finest lined the streets of the Big Apple
The New Yorkers paid tribute to fallen NYPD officer Wilbert Mora killed in the line of duty this week, as his body was moved to an Upper Manhattan funeral home in a solemn ceremony.
Hundreds of the NYPD officers, including NYPD commissioner Keechant L. Sewell, lined the streets of New York City to salute the slain hero as a massive police motorcade escorted the body of 27-year-old Mora to the Riverdale Funeral Home.
The murders of Officers Jason Rivera & Wilbert Mora leave us with broken hearts, flags at half-staff, and black bands on our shields. They were great officers doing an important job — work their fellow Finest continue in their honor. Pray for them. Support them. And #NeverForget. pic.twitter.com/HCCMFDhiIo— Commissioner Sewell (@NYPDPC) January 26, 2022
The funeral service will be held Friday at 9 a.m.
According to the New York Daily News, a huge phalanx of NYPD officers and first responders lined shoulder to shoulder outside the coroner’s office on 30th Street.
“The whole world should be hurting right now,” one officer told The Post. “We are hurting, bleeding inside for our colleague.”
NYC mayor Eric Adams who is a retired police captain himself stood together with other cops at the funeral home where the hearse with Mora arrived at.
“Wilbert Mora truly was New York’s Finest,” Adams later said on Twitter. “And his death will not be in vain.
“To the men and women of the NYPD: I know the pain you and your families are feeling today,” the mayor wrote. “But I also know that your city is standing with you. And we always will.”
Wilbert Mora truly was New York’s Finest. And his death will not be in vain.— Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) January 26, 2022
To the men and women of the NYPD: I know the pain you and your families are feeling today.
But I also know that your city is standing with you. And we always will. pic.twitter.com/CDrW6RpELi
Officer Mora died four days after his officer partner, 27-year-old Jason Rivera, after he was unplugged from life support. Both were killed Friday while responding to a domestic call.
Today we stood shoulder to shoulder, & once again lined the streets, as we escorted #NYPD Police Officer Wilbert Mora from NYU Langone Hospital to the funeral home in the Bronx— NYPD Special Ops (@NYPDSpecialops) January 26, 2022
We'd like to thank the public, & all our partnering agencies for their support during this tragic time pic.twitter.com/Btk0ob4qo1
Wednesday night, hundreds of people attended a vigil for Mora and Rivera outside the 32nd Precinct. Fellow officers who worked together Mora remember their Brother in Blue as an always smiling young man.
“His smile lit up a room,” Officer Sterling Medina said to the crowd, referring to Mora, his close pal.
This is our hero. Look at this smile. Look at his baby face. This isn’t fair. He didn’t deserve this ???????????????????? #JasonRivera #NYPD #BlueLivesMatter #StopKillingUs #BackTheBlue @NatPoliceAssoc @cvpayne @RealDeanCain @ScottBaio @DLoesch @NYPDnews @NYPDPC @NYPD32Pct @NYCMayor pic.twitter.com/EF1Ey3Pthy— Angel L Maysonet????????????????????????♂️???????? ✭ (@bigricanman) January 22, 2022
We struggle for words to express the tragedy, to endure the pain of losing Officer Jason Rivera as we pray for Officer Wilbert Mora. And while things feel unsure now, what I know we can count on is their fellow Finest continuing their courageous work and honoring Jason’s legacy. pic.twitter.com/43BKcOxPJ8— Commissioner Sewell (@NYPDPC) January 23, 2022
People from the community and the New York’s Finest with the members of FDNY came to the Harlem stationhouse to pay last tributes and to speak of 27 year-old fallen hero at the emotional event.
“His smile, his laugh changed everyone’s mood,” added Medina before breaking down in tears. “To know that we’re not gonna get that again, it hurts.”
Tearful NYPD cops pay tribute to slain officers Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora at packed Harlem vigilhttps://t.co/ToNvVm56fS— Internewscast Media (@internewscast) January 27, 2022
Officers from numerous Westchester County cities and towns travel in a caravan to #Harlem precinct to pay their respects to slain #NYPD officer Jason Rivera and Officer Wilbert Mora who is fighting for his life. @NY1 pic.twitter.com/cCOsaSI7lI— Dean Meminger (@DeanMeminger) January 23, 2022
With our heads bowed and heavy hearts, we gathered to show love and support for the @NYPD32Pct family. The loss of two of NY’s Finest, PO Jason Rivera & PO Wilbert Mora, has devastated our Department and City. A candlelight vigil, prayers of comfort and strength. #RIP #Heroes ???? pic.twitter.com/eoGDReBRiF— Hon. Vanessa L. Gibson, MPA (She, Her, Hers) (@Vanessalgibson) January 27, 2022