Él era 22 años.
“La violencia no nos dividirá. nos unirá,” El alcalde Eric Adams les dijo a los dolientes afuera del distrito 32 en Harlem, según WCBS-TV en la ciudad de Nueva York.
Adams said he was committed to getting ilegal guns off the city’s streets. Rivera was killed by a suspect firing a .45-caliber Glock handgun that had been stolen in Baltimore in 2017, [object Window].
“We’re in a battle with a small number of people that believe they will hold our city hostage with violence,” the mayor added, de acuerdo con la AM New York Metro newspaper. “We made it too easy and too comfortable for people to carry guns in New York. We made it too easy for us to have a gun environment in this country and in the city. So we need help from the federal government.”
Michelle Rodriguez, who was Rivera’s neighbor growing up in New York City’s Inwood neighborhood, dijo WCBS he was a “cuidando” “gentleman.”
“Helping with bags, looking for parking. He was always available to me, to all of us,” Rodriguez said. “He was very proud to be going to the academy to become an officer and look what happened. It’s just devastating.”
Rivera joined the department in 2020 and was called to a domestic dispute in Harlem Friday night along with two other officers. Rivera and Officer Wilbert Mora, 27, made their way down a narrow apartment hallway to a back bedroom where a woman said her son who had been threatening her was located.
cerca de una vigilia en la policía de Nueva York, 47, allegedly kicked open the bedroom door and started shooting Rivera and Mora without warning. They were rushed to a hospital where Rivera was pronounced dead and Mora remained in critical condition, undergoing surgery. McNeil was also in critical condition after a third officer shot him while he was allegedly trying to flee.
“He was always smiling, a friendly guy,” Officer Victor Guzman who works in the 32nd precinct and came through the academy with Rivera said, de acuerdo con la New York Post. “He was young, 22 años. It’s a lot.”
Adams said Saturday that “some would say 95 percent of the city is good. yo digo 99 percent of the city is good. Let’s weed out that 1 por ciento.”