THE BRONX — A year after NYPD Detective Miosotis Familia was gunned down in the line of duty, her legacy was remembered with a candelight vigil at midnight then a prayer service Thursday morning followed by a street renaming in her honor.
Familia was sitting in a marked, RV-like command post shortly after midnight on July 5, 2017, as Fourth of July festivities were ending when, police said, Alexander Bonds fired a single shot into the vehicle, killing the 12-year veteran of the police force.
Bonds was later fatally shot by police.
Two families -- the NYPD family and the children and mother of Familia -- were still grieving on Thursday.
She was honored with a street co-naming. The department's 46th Precinct is now dedicated to her.
Familia's oldest daughter Genesis spoke of her mother being the first in their family to graduate college. She then became a nurse and then joined the police department, a move that Genesis said her mother "truly believed" was her calling.
Police commissioner James O'Neill described the slain detective as a truly special person who wanted to help and protect the people of New York.
"It's important we are here today," he said outside of the 46th Precinct. "Miosotis' work was not in vain. Her legacy will never fade from importance or memory."
He said future generations will see her name on the street corner and her legacy will live on.
Before the new-naming, hundreds gathered overnight. Family, friends and the community turned out for a candlelight vigil, including her three children, who wanted all to focus on the positive.
Since the shooting, the outpouring of love and support has continued for her family.
In May, President Donald Trump paid an emotional tribute to fallen law enforcement officers and the loved ones who carry on without them. Trump invited Familia’s mother, children and other loved ones onto stage.
After their mother was killed, Familia’s children were given a new apartment, a new car and have received an outpouring of donations from the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and from supporters nationwide.