Dozens of cops, friends and family gathered Wednesday at an emotional funeral for veteran NYPD Officer Robert Echeverria — the ninth city cop to commit suicide this year.
Echeverria, 56, a married father of two who had more than 20 years on the force, was off-duty when he fatally shot himself in the head at his home in Laurelton, Queens, last Wednesday night.
The cop, who was assigned to the NYPD’s Strategic Response Group, killed himself just a day after NYPD Officer Johnny Rios fatally shot himself at his Yonkers home and amid a rash of suicides that has shaken the department.
Fellow officers in dress blues made their way into the J. Foster Phillips Funeral Home in Jamaica on Wednesday morning for the somber service.
Echeverria’s sister, Eileen Echeverria, previously told The Post that her brother long suffered from mental health problems and said she warned the NYPD about him in June.
Eileen sent an email to the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau, saying that her brother should not have a firearm, she said.
Ultimately, according to Eileen, her brother’s firearms were taken away and then returned a few days later when an NYPD psychiatrist deemed he was not a risk to himself or others.
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