NEW YORK — Miosotis Familia’s smiling face seemed down from a church stage on the hundreds gathered to rejoice the lifetime of the police veteran and mom of three as she was laid to relaxation a dozen years to the day after she joined the NYPD.
Familia, forty eight, a daughter of Dominican immigrants named for a flower often known as the overlook-me-not, was remembered throughout a funeral service punctuated by coronary heart-rending speeches by her youngsters, Mayor Invoice de Blasio and others. She was laid to relaxation one week after being shot within the head whereas sitting in a marked command truck within the borough the place she lived and labored.
In a movie show-turned-church within the Bronx, Familia’s 20-yr-previous daughter, Genesis, and 12-yr-previous twins, Peter and Delilah, embraced one another behind a podium adorned with a portrait of their mom. Hundreds of uniformed officers from as distant as Canada and Los Angeles lined the borough’s Grand Concourse for the service.
Under them, Familia’s flag-draped coffin was flanked flower preparations.
“I simply need to say, ‘Mother, I miss your smile,” Genesis stated. “I miss your huge, lovely brown eyes. They have been all the time so clear and sparkly. I miss your lovely, mushy brown pores and skin that felt like velvet and I miss your lovely, black curly hair that appears like mine. I’m glad you’re nonetheless right here with me, that you simply’re right here with us … I really like you mother. Thanks for all the things.”
Genesis recalled how proud she was when her mom turned a police officer and the way, on the night time Familia was killed, she requested for an additional hug earlier than her mom left for work.
“When she sat in that truck, she had me and my siblings in her coronary heart and she or he wasn’t upset,” Genesis stated. “She wasn’t afraid or nervous … I do know that she handed with love in her coronary heart, with our love in her coronary heart.”
Familia, who was posthumously promoted to detective, was fatally shot by a…