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NEW YORK (CBS New York) – NYPD officer Wilbert Mora died Tuesday after being shot in the line of duty last Friday in Harlem.

Mora was taken off life support, adding to the pain of an already heartbroken city and police department. Emotions are running high for his siblings in blue and that was reflected in a tweet from NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell, CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported.

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“It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Police Officer Wilbert Mora,” Sewell wrote. “Wilbert is 3 times a hero. For choosing a life of service. For sacrificing his life to protect others. For giving life even in death through organ donation. Our heads are bowed and our hearts are heavy.

Governor Kathy Hochul called Mora’s death a “tragic loss.”

“My thoughts are with the family of NYPD Officer Wilbert Mora as they mourn this tragic loss. We will never forget the heroism of Officer Mora and Officer Rivera,” she said. tweeted. “We stand with their grieving families. And we will continue to take meaningful action to make New Yorkers safer.”

Mayor Eric Adams said Mora was a hero, adding, “Our hearts are heavy.” He also ordered the flags to be lowered.

“He served his city, protected his community and gave his life for our safety,” the mayor tweeted.

“Real heroes never die,” Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch said in a statement. “Our brother, Police Officer Wilbert Mora, has left us, but he will live on in the hearts of every New York City police officer from this day forward.”

The 27-year-old joined the department in 2018, the same year he graduated from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a bachelor’s degree. He had 35 arrests under his belt and aspired to become a sergeant.

A family friend told CBS2 that his family is from the Dominican Republic and he was the youngest sibling.

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Mora and her partner, Constable Jason Rivera, responded to a 911 call from a woman who said she was having an argument with her son around 6:30 p.m. Friday on West 135th Street between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard.

When they arrived, the woman said her son, Lashawn McNeil, 47, was in a bedroom at the end of a long, narrow hallway. As the police approached, the door opened and several shots were fired.

A third officer, Sumit Sulan, who was training under Mora, shot McNeil as he tried to flee the scene.

Rivera died Friday night at a hospital in Harlem, and McNeil succumbed to his injuries Monday.

The deaths of Mora and Rivera are the first police deaths in the line of duty this year, and the third and fourth officers to be put down in less than a week, following a fifth officer who was shot down while off duty earlier in January, Carlin reported.

“Officer Mora and his partner, Officer Jason Rivera, showed courage in the face of imminent danger to protect New Yorkers. Their bravery exemplified their commitment to protecting the city they loved,” said Tuesday. New York State Attorney General Letitia James, in a statement, “Both will forever be remembered as heroes who dedicated their lives to making New York City safer and stronger.”

NYPD officers Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora. (NYPD)

Mora was first rushed to Harlem Hospital, where he underwent two surgeries before being transferred to NYU Langone Medical Center, where he had his organs donated.

“When the family of Officer Wilbert Mora was informed of his passing, his family knew their brave and dedicated son would want to continue saving lives, even in death. Agent Mora’s latest gift was the gift of life to others in need,” organ donation organization LiveOnNY said in a statement.

Rivera’s wake is scheduled for Thursday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, followed by his funeral on Friday. Mora will be buried in a separate ward.

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CBS2’s Dave Carlin contributed to this report.

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