THE BRONX — Thousands are expected to gather at a Bronx church Tuesday to honor and remember NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia, who was fatally shot less than a week ago as she sat unsuspecting in a marked vehicle.
Mourners will gather at World Changers Church at 2417 Grand Concourse in the Fordham Heights section of the Bronx for the 10 a.m. service. The funeral takes place a day after Familia's wake.
Familia's three children are expected to speak, along with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Inspector Philip Rivera, the commanding officer at Precinct 46, where Familia's was stationed when she was killed.
Familia was sitting in a marked, RV-like command post shortly after midnight last Wednesday when police say Alexander Bonds fired a single shot into the vehicle, killing the 12-year veteran of the police force.
Bonds, who investigators do not think knew Familia, was confronted by officers less than a block away and fatally shot.
Familia, 48, was a nurse and medical assistant before joining the NYPD, according to her profile on the career site LinkedIn.
She leaves behind a 20-year-old daughter and 12-year-old twins, a boy and girl, the NY Daily News reports.
Before the shooting, Familia worked off patrol after undergoing multiple surgeries, sources said. She was reassigned to patrol as part of the department's Summer All Out program, in which officers formerly assigned to administrative jobs work 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., when most violent crimes take place.
The Fourth of July proved to be a calm night with little crime, but that all changed when police say Bonds assassinated Familia.
The shooting happened in the 46th Precinct, called a "war zone" by one local resident because of its high crime.
On Monday, another New York officer was fatally shot in the line of duty.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday "the entire New York family grieves" after Trooper Joel Davis was gunned down by a U.S. Army soldier.