Wilbert Mora’s funeral was held today at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. The 27-year-old died two weeks ago in a Harlem ambush. His partner, Jason Rivera, was honored last week in a similar ceremony. Thousands of police officers gathered outside for both funerals to remember their fallen brother.
The services started at 10 a.m. and were only opened to invited guests, but that didn’t stop hundreds of police officers from standing outside the church so they could pay their respects. Some of the officers weren’t even part of the NYPD. Officer Kyle Dolph and a group of officers, came all the way from Harrisonburg, Va. The young officer said it was important to honor Mora.
He said, “We realize that we are all one big family for this and, even though we are out of state — we are from Virginia — we wanted to make our way up here. It’s sad day but it’s one of those days when we got to maintain some solidarity and show we support each other and show our respect.”
The streets around St. Patrick’s Cathedral were closed off so that officers could gather and pay their respects. Following Wilbert Mora’s funeral, the officer was buried in Woodside, Queens.
Wilbert Mora is survived by his parents, three siblings and his girlfriend.
During the services, Mayor Eric Adams spoke about the fallen officer and the sacrifices that he made for the city. Adams was one of seven eulogies to take place during Wilbert Mora’s funeral, others included NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell, NYPD inspector Amir Yakatally, and PBA president Patrick Lynch.
Mora’s sister, Karina Mora, brother Wilson Mora, and cousins, Claribel Jiminian, and Carolin Liz also spoke.
Mayor Eric Adams thanked Mora’s parents during his eulogy. Wilbert Mora and his family are originally from the Dominican Republic, the young officer came to America when he was just 6 years old.
Adams said, “You must know we share your grief and feel your sorrow. Officer Mora was not only a dedicated public servant but an exceptional young man, beloved by his family, the youngest of four children. We reflect on his bravery. Remember his sacrifice. Today we say goodbye to Wilbert, but we also thank him. The city thanks you from the bottom of my heart.”
Karina Mora described her brother as a man “full of dreams.” During her emotional eulogy she said that she was so proud the day her brother graduated from the police academy and called his recent death a “nightmare that never ends.”
Brother Wilson Mora described the 27-year-old’s amazing personality and how even as a child, Wilbert always lit up the room and had a vibrance that was infectious.
Wilbert Mora joined the NYPD’s 32nd Precinct in 2018 and, over the course of his career, he made 33 arrests. During his funeral, Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell posthumously promoted Officer Mora to detective, just like she did for Officer Rivera last week.
She called him “three times a hero,” and said, “For choosing a life of service. For sacrificing his life to protect others. For giving life even in death through organ donation.”
Mora and his partner, Jason Rivera, were shot and killed three weeks ago after answering a call of domestic violence in a Harlem apartment. Rivera was pronounced dead on the scene, but Mora spent four days fighting for his life in the hospital. In a last act of sacrifice, he was able to donate his organs for those in need.
The shooter, Lashawn McNeil, later died after injuries he suffered from the police shooting. According to reports, McNeil’s mother called the cops on her son. When officers arrived on the scene, they were ambushed by McNeil who came out of a back bedroom and started shooting.
A third officer, who was shot and survived, was able to fire shots at the suspect and stop the devastating ambush. Because of Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora’s deaths, Mayor Eric Adams has vowed that he will stop the senseless gun violence that has recently increased in the city. President Joe Biden is scheduled to meet with the mayor later in the week to discuss options.