PHOTOS: Fallen officer Jason Rivera honored at wake; Hochul orders flags at half-staff

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NYPD officers outside St. Patrick's Cathedral, where a wake was held for NYPD Officer Justin Rivera (inset), in New York City on Jan. 27, 2022. Photo credit NYPD | Roger Stern

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — It was a heart-wrenching day for many, as large crowds turned out for the wake for fallen NYPD Officer Jason Rivera on Thursday.

The wake drew hundreds of police officers and New York City residents, who waited outside the church and held a moment of silence as Rivera’s casket was carried inside following a procession from Inwood.

It came hours after an emotional vigil was held from Rivera and his partner, 27-year-old Officer Wilbert Mora, in Harlem.

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Police officers congregate outside St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City for Officer Justin Rivera's wake on Jan. 27, 2022. Photo credit Peter Haskell
Rivera Wake
Police gather outside of St. Patrick's Cathedral during the wake for fallen NYPD Officer Jason Rivera on Jan. 27, 2022. Photo credit Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Mayor Eric Adams attended the wake for Rivera around 4 p.m., and a host of other city officials and members of the public continued to stream in throughout the day.

While the mayor did not speak at the wake, during the vigil Wednesday night, he honored the fallen officers and stressed that the NYPD is working every day to end gun violence.

“Violence won’t divide us. It will unite us,” he said.

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Police gather outside of St. Patrick's Cathedral during the wake for fallen NYPD Officer Jason Rivera on Jan. 27, 2022. Photo credit Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Rivera Wake
Police officers and members of the public line up to pay their respects to the fallen NYPD Officer Jason Rivera during his wake at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Jan. 27, 2022. Photo credit Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that flags across New York State will be flown at half-staff on Friday in honor of Mora and Rivera's funerals.

Flags should be lowered to half-staff at sunrise on Friday, the day of Officer Rivera's funeral service, and returned to full-staff at sunset on Feb. 2, following Officer Mora's funeral service. Both funerals will be held at the Manhattan cathedral.

"The losses of Officer Rivera and Officer Mora are felt widely and deeply by all New Yorkers - my thoughts are with their families and loved ones," Hochul said in a statement.

She added, "Today we mourn as they are laid to rest, but tomorrow we must work to eradicate the epidemic gun violence has become in our communities. We must get to the root of this issue to prevent tragedies like this from happening. New Yorkers deserve elected officials that will work for them to solve this problem and that is exactly what they will get."

Adams and the governor will attend Rivera's funeral on Friday morning.

The NYPD warned commuters Thursday evening that there will be street closures in Midtown beginning at 6 a.m. for the funeral, and drivers should use alternate routes.

The wake and funeral for Officer Mora is scheduled for next week, also at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

The two officers were fatally injured when responding to a domestic disturbance call at an apartment on West 135th Street, just down the street for the 32nd Precinct stationhouse.

Authorities said as they entered the apartment, 47-year-old Lashawn McNeil allegedly ambushed them, shooting at them as they walked down a narrow hallway.

McNeil died from his own injuries at a hospital on Monday, according to police.