More than 10,000 police officers from across the country joined community and family members to say goodbye to slain NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia in a moving ceremony held at World Changers Church on the Grand Concourse, blocks from where she was killed.
Familia, a 12-year veteran of the force was shot in the head as she sat inside a mobile command center at the corner of Morris Avenue and East 183d Street in the early morning hours of July 5. The killer, Alexander Bonds, 34, quickly fled the scene but was shot dead by police minutes later.
“She was murdered while acting as an agent of peace,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “And we’ve watched with horror these attack on our police, here in this city and all around our country. But in fact, brothers and sisters, hermanos y hermanas, we must end it.”
Outside the church, Michelle Valdez, a retired member of the NYPD and former midnight officer at the 46th Precinct, said Familia “was an engaging person because she would literally look at you and ask how you were doing.”
Carmen Figueroa, a longtime Fordham Heights resident and member of the 46th Precinct Community Council, cried as she recalled Familia. “She was a great woman who came into our community and talked to the children who played in the street,” Figueroa said. “I had to come here today for her.”
Figueroa, tears streaming down her face, added, “[Cops are] just doing their jobs in the community and they took her away from us.”
Chaplin Kim Graves of the New York State Chaplin Task Force, which works closely with the NYPD, was frustrated when she said, “I believe they need to bring back stop and frisk. That was the biggest mistake when they stopped it.”
“[I]t’s gotten worse since they stopped it and if they don’t bring it back, it’s going to get worse,” Graves added. The stop and frisk method continues, though it’s not as aggressively utilized under the current administration.
Inside the service, Police Commissioner James O’Neill spoke to the Familia’s surviving children, telling them, “Nothing I could say could bring your mom back. But I can make you a promise: your mom didn’t die in vain. Your mom’s legacy will never fade from the importance of memory.”
O’Neill posthumously promoted Familia to detective.
A caravan of officers led the limo carrying Familia to Woodlawn Cemetery, where she was buried.
Familia leaves behind daughter Genesis, 20, and 12-year-old twins Delilah and Peter.