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Jason Rivera biography: 13 things about NYPD cop Lashawn McNeil shot in Harlem, New York City


Jason Rivera was a police officer in New York City, New York, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:


  1. He grew up in Inwood, Manhattan, New York City.
  2. He is Jeffrey Rivera‘s younger brother. Growing up, they worked together at a pharmacy. They would deliver prescriptions to elderly patients on bicycles in different parts of New York City including Marble Hill, Fordham and Washington Heights.
  3. His loved ones fondly called him Tata.
  4. As a young boy, he loved watching cop shows and listening to the police radio scanner.
  5. He had a crush on Dominique Luzuriaga since he was in grade school.
  6. He was afraid of heights, rats and dogs but he was not afraid to die, according to Jeffrey.
  7. He was an avid runner with the Dykman Run Club.
  8. On November 2, 2020, he entered the police academy. While in the academy, he wrote a letter to his commanding officer saying, “I remember one day when I witnessed my brother being stopped and frisked. I asked myself, why are we being pulled over if we are in a taxi.”
  9. In 2021, he married Luzuriaga. In the same year, he joined the New York City Police Department (NYPD), making him the first in his family to become a police officer.
  10. At around 6:30 p.m. on January 21, 2022, he and his NYPD partner Wilbert Mora, 27, were fatally shot by Lashawn McNeil in McNeil’s apartment in Harlem, New York City. He and Mora responded to the apartment after McNeil’s mother called the police.
  11. He died at the age of 22.
  12. On January 28, 2022, he was promoted posthumously at his funeral to detective first-grade.
  13. On January 29, 2022, thousands of police officers along with his friends and family members gathered at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan.

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