Community mourns Newark bodega owner Jose R. Rivas kidnapped from store

Hundreds attended the wake of a Newark bodega owner kidnapped and killed while opening his store last Friday.

Family and friends, including Newark's last two mayors,

Family and friends, including Newark's last two mayors, paid their respects at the viewing for 26-year-old Jose R. Rivas. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

NEWARK - Hundreds attended the wake of a Newark bodega owner kidnapped and killed while opening his store last Friday.

Family and friends, including Newark's last two mayors, paid their respects at the viewing for 26-year-old Jose R. Rivas.

Rivas' cousin says police found the victim's cell phone but still haven't named any suspects. He also thanked the community for their support through this tough time.

"I want to give thanks to the community that has been supporting us since it happened," says Jose A. Rivas. "It's been amazing the amount of people that are coming here."

Essex County Crime Stoppers is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Rivas' funeral is scheduled for Friday. 

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