Funeral mass for NYPD officer held at St Patrick’s Cathedral – Catholic Telegraph

On Friday, NYPD officer Jason Rivera, 22, was remembered as a dedicated police officer whose life was cut short in the line of duty.

“He lived his dream, although for too little time,” the father said. Robert J. Abbatiello, OFM Cap. during Rivera’s funeral on January 28 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York was the main celebrant and the Mass was concelebrated by NYPD chaplains.

Abbatiello, the homilist, knew the Rivera family when he was pastor of Good Shepherd Parish in Inwood, New York.

Rivera, Abbatiello said, “made a difference” during his NYPD career and was a “loving son who wanted to make his parents proud.” He was in his second year of service with the NYPD when he and his partner, Officer Wilbert Mora, 27, were shot and killed on January 21. They were responding to a domestic disturbance.

Mora died on January 25 after spending four days in hospital in critical condition. Dolan visited his bedside and prayed for him.

Mora’s funeral mass will be celebrated next week, also on St. Patrick’s Day.

The child of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Rivera sought to improve relations between his community and the police. Abbatiello told Rivera’s parents they could be “very proud of your son.”

“The sting of death is there,” he said. “Truth be told, we still haven’t made sense of their deaths.”

Thousands of people, including police officers from across the country, attended Rivera’s funeral.

Rivera, Abbatiello said, “made a difference” during his NYPD career and was a “loving son who wanted to make his parents proud.” He was in his second year of service with the NYPD when he and his partner, Officer Wilbert Mora, 27, were shot and killed on January 21. They were responding to a domestic disturbance.

Mora died on January 25 after spending four days in hospital in critical condition. Dolan visited his bedside and prayed for him.

Mora’s funeral mass will be celebrated next week, also on St. Patrick’s Day.

The child of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Rivera sought to improve relations between his community and the police. Abbatiello told Rivera’s parents they could be “very proud of your son.”

“The sting of death is there,” he said. “Truth be told, we still haven’t made sense of their deaths.”

Thousands of people, including police officers from across the country, attended Rivera’s funeral.

Luzuriaga was applauded.

Bragg issued a statement condemning violence against police officers and pledging to “vigorously pursue cases of violence against police and work to prevent senseless acts like this from happening again.”

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