SLAIN COP’S WIDOW RECEIVES STANDING OVATION IN PACKED ST. PAT’S
The young widow of slain NYPD officer Jason Rivera delivered a gut-wrenching eulogy at his funeral Friday in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
“You have the whole nation on gridlock and although you won’t be here anymore, I want you to live through me,” Dominique Luzuriaga said before the packed church on Fifth Avenue.
Jason “is so happy” that you all came to honor him and the service “is exactly how he would have wanted to be remembered. Like a true hero,” she said.
“I love you until the end of time,” she said of the man who had been her sweetheart since grade school. They had been married for just over three months.
“We’ll take the watch from here,” she told mourners at St. Patrick’s Cathedral as they gave her a standing ovation.
Dominique and Jason had an argument before he left for work that fatal Friday. “It’s hard being a cop’s wife sometimes,” she said.
Later that day, when she heard that Jason, 22, and his partner Wilbert Mora, 27, had been gunned down during a domestic violence call in Harlem, she was racked with guilt.
“Seeing you in a hospital bed, not hearing you when I was talking to you broke me,” she told the congregation.
“I said to you, Wake up baby, I’m here. The little bit of hope I had that you would come back to life just to say goodbye or say I love you one more time had left. I was lost. I’m still lost. Today I’m still in this nightmare.”