Slain NYPD cop’s widow reveals pair were high school sweethearts

The grieving widow of slain NYPD officer Jason Rivera revealed Monday the two were high school sweethearts who’d been in love since they were kids. 

The heartbroken wife, who called Rivera her “beautiful angel” in a Sunday Instagram post, posted two letters the couple wrote to each other while in high school and photos of them attending prom together. 

“Most of you just met me or probably don’t know me at all. Probably don’t even know my name. But for those who knew Jason and I, our love goes way back. Way back to little kids that didn’t know anything about love; but yet expressed it,” the woman, identified as Dominique, captioned one of the posts. 

Dominique, who was only married to the 22-year-old cop for a few months before he was killed Friday night while responding to a domestic violence call in Harlem, also shared a video Rivera took of himself last March while the two were out at a bar. 

“You’re in the bathroom right now, I just want to tell you how much I love you,” Rivera says in the clip. 

Dominique Rivera posted two letters she and Jason Rivera wrote to each other while in high school.
In Jason Rivera’s letter to Dominique, he called her his “best friend in the whole entire school.”
Jason and Dominique Rivera in high school.
Dominique Rivera also shared photos of the couple attending prom together. 

“I love you a lot baby, I want to marry you, I want you to have my kids.” 

The letters Dominique shared appear to have been written in her and Rivera’s yearbooks while they were in high school. 

Jason Rivera.
“I love you a lot baby, I want to marry you, I want you to have my kids,” a teenage Jason Rivera wrote to Dominique.

“You have been one of my best friends and I trusted you a lot. I’ve never had a relationship so close like I had with you,” Dominique wrote to Rivera at the time, as she wished him good luck in school. 

In Rivera’s letter to Dominique, he called her his “best friend in the whole entire school.” 

“I don’t know if I have told you this but I am in love with Dominique,” Rivera wrote. 

“You have been a very good friend. Although you dumped me, everyday I think about how to get you back.”

Dominique wrote in a caption beside the letter that “years later” he succeeded in winning her back. 

“You made it happen my baby. For us. Now I gotta make things happen for you, you left me with the hardest task but I’m going to do it for you,” she wrote. 

Rivera was allegedly ambushed Friday night by Lashawn McNeil while he and his partner, Officer Wilbert Mora, were responding to a dispute between the career criminal and his mother. 

Rivera and Mora were gunned down when McNeil allegedly burst out of a rear bedroom and opened fire. The rookie officer was killed and Mora was left fighting for his life.

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