Slain NYPD cop’s grieving widow posts moving tribute, ‘Fly high my beautiful angel’

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The grieving widow of a slain New York City police officer honored her beloved husband with a heart-wrenching tribute that she posted to Instagram to her “beautiful angel” on a day when hundreds of cops and first responders paid their respects to their fallen brother in arms.

The young life of 22-year-old NYPD Officer Jason Rivera was cut short when he was shot while responding to a domestic disturbance call involving Lashawn McNeil, a 47-year-old career criminal. His partner, 27-year-old Wilbert Mora was also shot but survived.

According to remarks to reporters from NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell, the officers were responding to a call from a woman who identified herself as the suspect’s mother when McNeil “suddenly, without warning, opened fire on them.” Rivera, a rookie and newlywed who had been married for just three short months passed away after being taken to a local hospital.

In her moving tribute, Rivera’s widow posted a picture of his locker at the 32nd Precinct along with her message.

“Fly high my beautiful angel,” she wrote. “Yesterday I visited the locker room where you used to FaceTime me at during your meal time or right before you had to go downstairs to the muster room for roll call at 15:00,”

“Last night was supposed to be your day 5 & you were RDO for the next three days,” she added. “We both waited for your RDO’s to spend them together.

“But now your soul will spend the rest of my days without me, throughout me, right beside me,” she wrote.

“I love you till the end of time.”

(Screenshot: Instagram)

She also posted images from their days together including of their October 9 wedding day at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ., in one post writing that her departed husband is “my soulmate, best friend and lover from now until the end of time.”

(Screenshot: Instagram)

(Screenshot: Instagram)

On Sunday, hundreds of uniformed officers and firefighters lined the streets as Rivera’s body was transported to a funeral home, services will take place later this week.

Officer Rivera really wanted to make a difference and a letter that he wrote while attending the police academy is getting attention on social media.

“When I applied to become a police officer, I knew this was the career for me,” he wrote.”I would be the first person in my family to become a police officer. Coming from an immigrant family, I will be the first to say that I am a member of the NYPD, the greatest police force in the world. Growing up in New York City, I realized how impactful my role as a police officer would go in this chaotic city of about 10 million people. I know that something as small as helping a tourist with directions, or helping a couple resolve an issue, will put a smile on someone’s face.”

Rivera’s murder comes at a time when the Big Apple has seen dramatic increases in violent crime with new Mayor Eric Adams being elected largely on his promise to restore law and order to a city where citizens often risk their own safety when venturing out onto the mean streets.

Mayor Adams’ job won’t be easy, especially after his predecessor Bill de Blasio, who wore his contempt for police on his sleeve like a badge of honor and openly sided with Black Lives Matter activists during last summer’s rioting and looting following the death of George Floyd, all but turned over the key to the city to violent criminals.

Adams responded to the tragic loss of Office Rivera with an appeal for intervention from Washington, D.C.

Officer Rivera’s death is yet another grim reminder that the dangerous job that police who have been widely demonized by the political left have chosen as their profession can at times be deadly.

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