THE BRONX — Thousands came together at a Bronx church to honor and remember NYPD Detective Miosotis Familia, who was laid to rest Tuesday, exactly 12 years after joining the police force.
Familia's three children were among those gathered at World Changers Church, with her eldest daughter, Genesis, and son Jacob speaking.
Genesis, 20, recalled the last time she saw her mother, who was leaving for an overnight shift on the Fourth of July.
"'I love you, I'm going to work now,'" Familia told Genesis before they embraced. "She gave me a really big, tight hug, and I said, 'I love you, mom. ... Can just have one more hug?' And she said, 'ok, of course.'”
Familia then reported to her command post, a marked, RV-like vehicle, in the Bronx, where she was fatally shot shortly after midnight Wednesday.
"I know that when she went to work that night, when she sat in that truck, that she had me and my siblings in her heart, and she had love in her heart, and that she wasn’t upset, and she wasn't afraid, or nervous," Genesis said.
Genesis also remembered her mother as far more than a member of the NYPD and a mother, "she is protector, defender, guidance counselor, spiritual advisor, philosopher, philanthropist, fearless."
Jacob, one of Familia's 12-year-old twins, asked those gathered and viewing the service to be appreciative of all they have, and say "I love you" to "anybody you see."
Familia was posthumously promoted from officer to detective by NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill during the service.
As he spoke, O'Neill said Familia was killed because of her uniform.
“There is nothing more human than a 48-year-old mother of three, living in the Bronx, who decided to swear an oath, put on a uniform, and live a life with meaning," O'Neill said.
Familia was sitting in the vehicle when Alexander Bonds, someone investigators don't believe new the detective, fired a single shot, killing her. Bonds was confronted by officers less than a block away and fatally shot.
Before joining the NYPD 12 years ago to the day Tuesday, Familia was a nurse and medical assistant.