New York: On February 1, 2022, Hindu Center Inc. and International Ahimsa Foundation organized candlelight vigil and interfaith prayers at Hindu Center Inc., Flushing.
A tribune ceremony was organized by Democratic District Leader Dr. Neeta Jain for fallen NYPD heroes Detective Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora, who lost their lives in the line of duty. A record number of police officers from 109 and 107 precincts attended the vigil.
Prayers were led by the head priest of Hindu Center Dr. K. P. Dixit followed by Jain prayer recited by Dr. Neeta Jain, Rev. Dr. Frank Kaufman from Twelve Gates Communities, Imam Abdel Ghani Benyahya from Muslim Center of New York, Ravi Vaidyanaat Shivcharya from Hindu Temple Society of North America, Dr. Vipul Patel from BAPS, Guru Dileepji from UN, Raghbir Singh Subhanpur from Gurudwara Makkhan Sahib Richmond Hill, Detective Rudy from Desi Society of NYPD. The vigil was also attended by Consul Community Affairs Vijay Krishnan from Consul General of India in NY and a representative from Assemblyman David Weprin.
Dr. Urmilesh Arya, outgoing president of the Association of Indians in America (AIA) stressed the need of nonviolence and gun control. Dr. Ravindra Goyal president of Hindu Center Inc. assured the NYPD officers that our community is there any time they need us. Dr. Jain also said that it is a partnership between the community and our law enforcement officers. “We need to work together to keep both of us safe.”
Precinct 109 Commanding Officer deputy Inspector John O’Connell thanked for the support of the community.
The commanding officer from precinct 107 Deputy Inspector Kevin advised to say hello and greet when you see a police officer.
Police officers were happy to hear that the community is out there for them.
All prayed to the almighty to rest both brave souls in peace and give strength to both families to bear the tremendous loss.