Wake services continue for EMT slain in the Bronx
Wake services continued Friday for a beloved emergency medical technician killed in the line of duty in the Soundview section of the Bronx.
On the gloomy and gray day, the FDNY provided cover from the elements for colleagues and friends of Yadira Arroyo, a 44-year-old mother of five who had 14 years on the job. She was killed March 16 by a man who police say stole her ambulance and ran her over while he was high on drugs.
The weather didn't keep crowds from lining up to honor Arroyo for the second day of her wake at Joseph A. Lucchese Funeral Home on Morris Park Avenue.
Arroyo's funeral is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Roman Catholic Church on University Avenue, not far from where she once lived in Fordham Heights.
Road closures in the area can be expected as early as 5 a.m., with West Fordham Road being blocked off to traffic between University and Grand avenues.
For the funeral procession, delays are expected on Sedgwick and Webb avenues, as well as on East 190th Street and Kingsbridge Road.
Jose Gonzalez, the 25-year-old suspect in Arroyo's death, is facing a slew of charges that include murder, manslaughter and robbery. Police arrested him moments after the killing, with the help of an off-duty MTA officer and good Samaritans.