The wake will be held from 1-8 p.m. today at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, with his coffin to be laid at the foot of the church altar, while family members greet the mourners.
Mayor Adams is expected to pay his respects at 4 p.m., as crowds of officials and members of the public pour in throughout the day.
Officer Rivera’s remains are expected to be transferred from Riverdale Funeral Home in Inwood this morning ahead of the wake.
The funeral is scheduled for tomorrow at the cathedral.
Last night, hundreds of people gathered outside the 32nd Precinct in Harlem, where Officer Rivera and his partner, Officer Wilbert Mora worked.
A candlelight vigil remembered these two young officers, who were both murdered in the line of duty after being ambushed in the Harlem neighborhood they were patrolling.
Fellow officers have spoken.
“They are two of the best people you could ask for,” NYPD Detective Amir Yakataly said. “These are the officers we all crave. We lost a lot of the future last Friday. And it’s only been a few days, and we have a lot of work to do, we have a lot of healing to do. It has left a major hole in this compound.”
“I still hope that this is all just a dream and that I wake up tomorrow,” said officer Charles Reyes. “It’s a nightmare, actually. And I can talk to you one last time, and I can tell you I’m sorry, I’m sorry I’m not here.”
“Your smile lit up a room, your smile changed everyone’s mood,” Officer Sterling Medina said.
The wake and funeral for Officer Mora is scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday, also at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
The 27-year-old officer died Tuesday at NYU Langone Health in Kips Bay.
He was transferred there on Sunday from Harlem Hospital where his organs were donated to five people.
JetBlue has announced that it is offering free airfare to all law enforcement and government officials who wish to attend Officer Mora’s funeral next week.
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