21-year-old Man Shot, Killed in Port Chester

Police searching for killer.

Port Chester police today are searching for a killer.

A 21-year-old man was shot about 12:15 a.m. today in an incident in front of a home at 16 S. Regent St. Port Chester Police Chief Joseph M. Krzeminski  said the victim was taken to Greenwich Hospital by friends and died at the hospital.

Krzeminski identified the victim as Wilfredo Rivera, who was known to police. However, Krzeminski said investigators are uncertain where Rivera was living.

Port Chester detectives have been investigating the slaying and are trying to piece together clues to what happened, Krzeminski said. The reason behind the shooting is still uncertain.

No one else was injured in the shooting.

Krzeminski said that anyone with information about the incident should call Port Chester police detectives at 914-939-8419.

Interested Reader August 12, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Murder, robbery and burglary seems to be in the news all too often in our small Village. Time to beef up public safety budget.
Aidan August 12, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Ya think? When is someone in authority gonna even bother to comment on this stuff? Even Mayor Do-As-I-Say has to answer for killings in his city.
John B August 12, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I agree!
Concerned Homeowner August 12, 2012 at 04:00 PM
This was talked about after the last big event where the guy was passed out in the bushes on n main street and robbed multiple times. What did the politicians do about it? Nothing? They let the public outcry blow over after a few weeks and go back to buisness as usual. Or should I say, lack of. The pd has been short in manpower for years but all the board wants to do is move forward with building new places to live, bars, parking lots, restaurants but wants to move backward with public safety. Gangs are out there on the streets with drugs and guns but the board just looks the other way it's a shame!!
Bedford Brown August 12, 2012 at 06:16 PM
comments reflect the idea of the ones who comment. I was born and raised in Port Chester; lived here for all of my life, except for 3 years of military service. I have seen the best and the worse. Port Chester is improving in all matters, as far as I can see. Surely, things happen. The same "stuff" happens in all communities. The needs remain for our village. People who do care, who can bring positive input, who are willing to sacrifice time and energy, and not follow in the footsteps of the good ole boys in the backroom attitude. The Port Chester Police Department is a well runned department, with excellent personnel supervising the daily functions of each individual officer. I feel safe enough to live here and have raised 5 children, have 4 grandchildren living in Port Chester.
Ed Pfuhler August 12, 2012 at 06:46 PM
So happy to be out of there!
Randy Scott August 12, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Why Why Why are people who are shot being taken to the hospital "by friends"? Port Chester's Emergency Medical Service is an excellent organization with personnel who are trained and have the experience to deal with these situations. When today's Emergency Medical Technicians, from Basic through Paramedic, arrive in an ambulance on a scene, it is as though a Mobile Emergency Room has shown up to help those in need. People are evaluated, injuries and medical problems are treated and in most cases the patient's condition has improved. Would this person have died if Port Chester EMS had treated him? Maybe. I do, however, KNOW that he would have had a better chance of survival in the back of an ambulance and not in the back of the friend's car.
Conservative NYer August 12, 2012 at 11:25 PM
No wonder why Port Chester has a horrible reputation this proves why...
Conservative NYer August 12, 2012 at 11:32 PM
The same "stuff" happends in all communities. I don't recall the communities of Harrison, Rye, Rye Brook, and Larchmont having having murders lately. PC is NOT safe. Walk down Poningo Street past dark and tell me how safe you feel. I guess you would you let your grandchildren walk down Poningo Street past dark since it's safe enough to live here.
Conservative NYer August 13, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Hence, this is exactly WHY Port Chester has the reputation it has...... It's proven every day from the articles here in The Patch..
sha money August 13, 2012 at 08:26 AM
That boy, Will, did not deserve to die. I pray that whoever did it feels the wrath of karma. He was a good person with a bright future. God bless you
P.C.Resident August 13, 2012 at 11:28 AM
I absolutely feel safe in Port Chester!! I am 110% aware of the crime and violence out here!! I live in this "bad" side of town, so I can tell you the reality of things... and the reality of things is that its the wrong-doers that are taking eachother out!! People seem to have forgotten that for every action there is a reaction!!. I walk up my block every day and night, the homes are not as pretty looking nor are the streets as clean as others!! But one thing I've noticed is that if you really take the time to walk through here and analyze, our neighborhood still smells as good as any other!!... with all these nice gardens people have made throughout (specifically like the house garden at the Grace Church St and Fox Island Rd intersection) it gives me a sense that there is still life and hope in this side of town for our young growing up in such environment!! The PCPD is absolutely doing their job!! I can see it as I walk through my neighborhood!! I am an average 25 year old, so when an officer in his vehicle passes by and stares me down (like last night), it doesn't bother me at all because I know the purposes of it and it gives me a sense of safety and security!!... So i wouldn't blame them!! I've lived in Poningo St. as well and I can tell you the same thing!!
P.C.Resident August 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM
I think we (as a community) need to focus on our young and teach them about the importance of family values and open their eyes to the rewards of success through education!! If not this whole non-ending cycle of ignorance will never stop and it will start catching up with the innocent bystanders!!... now that will be a problem!!!!
Port Chester Resident August 13, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Critiquing his friends who are absolutely devastated by what happened isn't going to change anything at all. His friends feel miserable enough. You should also consider that an ambulance ride is serious money. I am disappointed by the comments on this article. They should be respectful. This is about the life of a genuine person, full of potential and mostly kindness, that was taken too way early. What if this was your son, your grandchild? This isn't about a villages reputation, or safety. Discuss that at village meetings. This is about the loss of a young man that many people love, respect and value. His family and true close friends are in my prayers and thoughts. RIP Willy. Port Chester isn't the same without you.
Greenwich citizen August 13, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Everybody needs to stop judging PC. If you don't live there, or you aren't an average day person to walks the streets of PC, you have no reason to judge whether or not PC is a safe place or not. I live in Greenwich, CT and im in port chester every day. Whether its 8 am in the morning or 12 at night, i feel as safe as i would any where else. Willy was filled with laughter and kindness. No matter what was going on, he always had a smile on his face. He always motivated me into going on the right path. And, when all these YOUNG kids pass away, why do the articles always have to bring in their run ins with the law?? I knew Willy, And a couple of my other friends have passed away, and every article had to bring up there law related problems. Do you think any one is worrying about what happend with them and the law? Dont we feel horrible enough for the family and friends who lost an amazing kid? But yet the articles always have to throw in the past. To end this comment. Rest in peace Willy. Your family and CLOSE friends are and will always be in my prayers.
Anne Latella August 13, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Port Chester Resident-An ambulance ride may have been expensive but getting medical care quickly may have saved his life. You are right this could have been any one's son. If it isn't about village safety, what is it about? These things should not be happening. They need to be prevented.No one in he community wants to see these things happening. However, they are happening all over town and it needs to be stopped. Every life is precious.No one is blaming the Police Department. There cannot be one policeman to protect each and every resident in the village. These issues need to be discussed when they happen to make people aware of the exixtence of dangers in the village. Incidents like this are news and therefore are published.
A friend August 13, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I'm disgusted by what people are saying that if the ambulance was called it could have made a difference because no one will ever understand what his friends was going through at that momment seeing one of your close friends shot fighting for the life where every second counts. Imagine what was going through their heads like no one really has the time to sit here and think just time to react. And people on this website should have a little more consideration for the family and friends who just lost a son a brother and a great friend. We all in pain after this lost and his friends and family are already going through a lot
Conservative NYer August 14, 2012 at 02:22 AM
When people are getting blown away on the streets of Port Chester that does not equate to a safe town!
Port Chester Resident August 14, 2012 at 02:35 AM
I don't understand why you are burdening his already suffering friends with these ambulance statements. This is a time to let them attempt to be at peace. They lost a friend and don't need to be critiqued on top of it. You were not there when it happened, therefore you have no right to judge their reaction to such a terrible and unexpected situation. Discuss your safety concerns in a place that they will be heard and make a difference. If you have such strong opinions about these type of things, voice them to a politician or attend meetings and speak up, because posting your safety concerns on this article comes off as selfish and disrespectful.
Unknown August 14, 2012 at 06:57 AM
Willie Rivera was an amazing person, a great friend and family member. I cant stop the worlds opinion on this inspiring individual. But what I can say is instead of say what if an ambulance was called which is irrelevant as of now Port Chester police and people who witnessed the crime should be coming forward to find his killer. This is the only thing that matters right now to the people who actually care about justice being served. Who ever else has ignorant comments please keep them to yourself. We are morning a loss and I'm pretty sure his friends and family members who read this dom Not appreciate having his name slandered. R.i.p Wilfredo Rivera your words of wisdom will forever stay in my heart along with my memories.
Holly Woods August 14, 2012 at 08:08 AM
This is not about a village, a town, or a city, this is about our country, this happens everywhere. You can't go shopping or watch a movie and be safe. Our country needs gun control laws. You could be taking out the trash and be shot at by anyone. Anyone can have a gun here.
Anne Latella August 14, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Port Chester Resident-People are not criticizing the deceased young man, They dislike that anyone in town should lose their life like this. Of course his friends meant well by getting him to a hospital. However, ambulances are equipped to treat a person on the scene and call ahead to the emergency room to be ready for the arrival of the injured. Emergencies are not the time to worry about money.Of course everyone is sad such a young man had to lose his life in this manner. Sickness is one thing. This incident did not need to happen.the hospital emergency room has to treat anyone brought there immediately regardless of money.
Joe cina September 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM
This man was a great dude always nice very down to earth chill guy. Shell shock that this has happen to him was taken way to early from us. I am gonna miss him just can't believe it
eyez October 04, 2012 at 08:03 AM
RIP WILLY WE LOVE AND MISS YOU :( you will always be remembered and NEVER forgotten <3
Bart Didden January 10, 2013 at 09:19 PM
The person who took Willy's life has been indicted by the Westchester County DA's office Congratulations to The Port Chester Police Department and Chief Krzeminski


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