The park is named after Captain Manuel Rivera, Jr. (1959-1991), a South Bronx native and one of the first casualties of the Persian Gulf War (1990-1991). Rivera died in action on January 22, 1991, when his Harrier jet crashed during a training run over the Gulf. Hundreds of South Bronx residents gathered at St. Anselm’s Church to mourn the death of a local hero and community leader, the first New Yorker lost in the Persian Gulf.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Two Shot in Captain Rivera Playground
Two men were busted for open warrants when they were hospitalized after a shooting at a Melrose playground, according to the New York Post.
Danny Paniagua, 21, and Alejandro Padilla, 20, a reputed member of the Latin Kings, were blasted at the Captain Rivera Playground on East 156th Street and Trinity Avenue at around 10:15 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5th.
Paniagua was hit in the upper right thigh, and Padilla was shot on the left side of his torso.
The men, who both have extensive criminal backgrounds, were taken to Lincoln Hospital, where they were arrested.
The charges against them weren't immediately released.
New York Post - July 10, 2011 - By Rebecca Hashbarger, Jessica Simeone and Doug Auer