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Second NYPD officer dies after shooting in Harlem

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Second NYPD officer dies after shooting in Harlem

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The New York police officer, who was shot alongside fatally injured officer Jason Rivera last week, died on Tuesday, officials said.

NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell announced the death of Wilbert Mora, calling him a hero.

“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of police officer Wilbert Mora,” a senior police official said in a statement.

“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.”

Mayor Eric Adams also paid tribute to the deceased officer.

“Wilbert Mora was a hero,” said Adams, who is also a former police officer, said in a press release. “He served his city, protected his community, and gave his life for our safety. Our hearts are heavy. Our city is grieving. To his family, loved ones, and NYPD brothers and sisters: Your city stands with you today. today and always.”

Mora, 27, and Rivera, 22, were shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call in Harlem on Friday night.

A 911 caller said a woman had an argument with her adult son at 6:15 p.m. EST on West 135th Street, police said.

When they arrived, the woman and another son were outside the unit before Mora and Rivera entered a narrow hallway leading to a bedroom where the suspect was, officials said.

That’s when they were shot by their suspected killer, Lashawn McNeil, 47, before a third officer opened fire on the suspect, authorities said.

McNeil died of his injuries on Monday.

The Police Benevolent Association, the union that represents NYPD officers, mourned Mora’s passing.

“True heroes never die. 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 president said. PBA. Patrick Lynch said in a statement. “Police Officer Mora showed us what it means to carry out our mission with courage, skill and humanity.”

Rivera’s funeral is scheduled for Friday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan.

Mayor Adams is seeking to harness the city’s grief over the officers’ deaths in efforts to remove guns entering five boroughs nationwide.

At the 135th Street crime scene, police recovered a Glock .45 with a high-capacity magazine. The weapon had been reported stolen in Baltimore, the NYPD said.

“Gun violence has inflicted a heartbreaking tragedy on our city,” Adams said on Monday. “We must turn this pain into purpose. We fight gun violence and build communities where every resident feels safe.”

The fatal shootings added to a tumultuous first month in office for Adams, whose city was rocked by a fire in the Bronx that killed 17 people and the death of an Asian American woman shoved to death in a Times Square subway station.

Suzanne Ciechalski and Rania Soetirto contributed.

Second NYPD officer dies after shooting in Harlem

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