Meanwhile, squad cars from every one of the city’s 22 police districts accompanied Officer Rivera’s hearse from the Medical Examiner’s office to an East Side funeral home Sunday.
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His District 6 colleagues saluted his casket as it was taken inside and then consoled each other as they continued to grieve for one of their own.
“He always wanted to be a police officer,” said Marco Arias, a childhood friend. “That’s something we always knew. He always wanted to serve our community and serve Chicago.. It was something he was always set on. Something he always understood. Something he knew he had to do. Something he felt he had to fulfill.”
Officer Rivera lived on the Far South Side with his family. He was just 23 years old and based out of the 6th Police District.
Police said they have footage of him getting into his car on Clark between Erie and Huron accompanied by three friends. Shortly after, three men walked up to the car and didn’t say a word before one of them opened fire.
Police have not released a motive for the shooting.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR OFFICER RIVERA
Visitation will be held 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Elmwod Chapel, 11200 S. Ewing Ave, Chicago.
Funeral prayers will be at 9:15 a.m. Friday at Elmwood Chapel. Funeral Mass starts at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciata, located at 11128 S. Avenue G, Chicago.
For more information visit Elmwood Funeral Chapel and Crematory.