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Slain Chicago Police Officer John Rivera Laid to Rest

Twenty-three-year-old John Rivera was fatally shot in what appeared to be a random attack

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    Officer Rivera Honored at Emotional Funeral

    Officer Rivera was shot and killed nearly a week ago in River North, and he was laid to rest Friday. NBC 5's Michelle Relerford has the latest from the emotional and somber scene. 

    (Published Friday, March 29, 2019)

    The Chicago police officer who was fatally shot while off-duty in the city over the weekend was laid to rest Friday morning. 

    Community members lined area streets as a procession escorted 23-year-old John Rivera's body to his funeral. 

    The funeral began at Annunciata Church, located at 11128 S. Avenue G, as dozens of officers, family, friends and mourners gathered to pay their respects. 

    On Thursday, a line for the visitation stretched out the door and around the parking lot. 

    Procession Escorts Officer John Rivera's Body to Funeral

    [CHI] Procession Escorts Officer John Rivera's Body to Funeral

    Community members lined the streets as they said their final goodbye to Chicago Police Officer John Rivera, who was fatally shot while off-duty over the weekend.

    (Published Friday, March 29, 2019)

    Rivera's former partner penned an emotional letter which was shared by the 14th police district on Twitter.

    "Words can’t even being to express the emotions, pain, sadness, and hurt in my heart," Officer Nate Smith wrote, calling Rivera one of the best friends he's ever had.

    Rivera was fatally shot in what appeared to be a random attack in the city's River North neighborhood early Saturday, according to police.

    Slain Officer John Rivera to Be Laid to Rest

    [CHI] Slain Officer John Rivera to Be Laid to Rest

    The Chicago police officer who was fatally shot while off-duty in the city over the weekend will be laid to rest in funeral services on Friday morning. Lauren Petty reports.

    (Published Friday, March 29, 2019)

    At around 3:30 a.m., Rivera was sitting with three other people in a parked Honda Accord in the 700 block of North Clark Street when two men approached the car, according to police, who said one of the suspects opened fire on the car before they both fled the scene.

    Authorities said Rivera was shot in the chest, arm and mouth and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Another 23-year-old man in the car was shot in his chest and arm and taken to Northwestern where he was underwent surgery Saturday morning and was expected to survive. 

    Another off-duty Chicago police officer and a woman were also in the car, but were not wounded in the shooting, officials said.

    2 Charged in Fatal Shooting of Off-Duty CPD Officer

    [CHI] 2 Charged in Fatal Shooting of Off-Duty CPD Officer

    Two people were charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of an off-duty Chicago police officer over the weekend, authorities said early Monday. NBC 5's Lisa Chavarria reports.

    (Published Monday, March 25, 2019)

    Rivera had been with the department for about two years, police said, and had worked his shift the night before, handling the paperwork on a murder case.

    “This appears to be an unprovoked attack against a group of individuals who went out to unwind on a Friday night,” Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said at a news conference Saturday.

    Johnson said Rivera was "the kind of officer that we want in Chicago. Hard-worker, who loved going out on patrol and solving problems... he helped investigate a tragic murder, helped console a family on an unthinkable loss."

    Chicago Police Procession Held for Fallen Off-Duty Officer

    Chicago Police Procession Held for Fallen Off-Duty Officer

    Chicago police may be one step closer to filing charges in connection to an off-duty officer who was fatally shot Saturday. The 23-year-old's procession was held Sunday afternoon. NBC 5's Kate Chappell has the latest.

    (Published Sunday, March 24, 2019)

    Two people were charged with murder in connection with the shooting, authorities said early Monday.

    Menelik Jackson, 24, and 32-year-old Jovan Battle, of Chicago's Little Village neighborhood, were both charged with one felony count of first degree murder and three felony counts of attempted murder, Chicago police said in a statement. 

    Jackson, of suburban South Holland, was also charged with resisting or obstructing a peace officer, according to police. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said officers were also looking for a third person of interest in the case. 

    Fallen Officer Rivera Was Victim to Random Shooting: Supt. Johnson

    Fallen Officer Rivera Was Victim to Random Shooting: Supt. Johnson

    Chicago police lost another member of its community Saturday as a young officer, only nearly two years on the job was fatally shot in River North. According to Supt. Eddie Johnson, the incident appears to be the result of a random shooting. NBC 5's Chris Coffey reports.

    (Published Saturday, March 23, 2019)

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