NYPD officer dies days after being shot on duty

A memorial for Officers Wilbert Mora and Jason Rivera.
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Wilbert Mora, a New York City police officer who was shot on Friday while answering a domestic disturbance call with his partner, died Tuesday after being taken off life support.

Mora, 27, had been in critical condition since the shooting. His partner, Officer Jason Rivera, 22, died from his injuries on Friday.

"Wilbert is three times a hero," New York Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said Tuesday. "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." In a message to New York Police Department officers, Sewell said their grief is "incalculable," and the days ahead will be "extremely difficult."

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Law enforcement officials say Mora, Rivera, and a third officer, Sumit Sulan, went on a call in Harlem to assist a woman who said she needed help with her son, 47-year-old Lashawn J. McNeil. While the officers were walking down a narrow hallway, officials say McNeil opened a bedroom door and started shooting. Sulan, a rookie officer who was shadowing Mora and Rivera, shot McNeil as he tried to run away; McNeil died on Monday.

Officer Keith Hall told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Mora was "a very humble young man. He was always happy, always eager to help anyway he could." Rivera and Mora were both "great, great individuals," he added, and all of New York City "should be heavy hearted" by their deaths.

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Catherine Garcia

Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.