Bronx Street Renamed In Honor Of Slain NYPD Detective Miosotis Familia

July 05, 2018 - 3:02 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A Bronx street has been renamed in honor of NYPD Detective Miosotis Familia.

The mother of three was killed in the line of duty a year ago.

Familia, 48, had been stationed in a mobile command center in the Fordham Heights section of the borough when just after midnight on July 5, 2017, former convict Alexander Bonds approached the vehicle and shot her in the head.

Bonds was shot and killed by responding officers.

The street in front of the 46th Precinct on Ryer Avenue was renamed in memory of Familia. Her children, 21-year-old Genesis and 13-year-old twins, attended the ceremony which followed a memorial Mass at the World Changes Church on Grand Concourse near E. 184th Street.

"I think it's important for people to know that my mom was a mother first and a police officer second," Genesis said. "When I see the sign it shows me that there's a tangible object that can represent the sacrifices that she made for this city."

Tears and sweat flowed together on the sweltering day as Genesis addressed more than 100 grim-faced officers, WCBS 880's Peter Haskell reported.

"What does it mean to be a hero? A hero is someone who makes it their duty to put the lives of others above their own," she said, breaking down in tears. " My mom shared with me that she truly believed that being a police officer was her calling. She would tell me that she really believed that she was making a difference." 

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Familia led by example.

"She is really one of the finest examples you will ever see of the American dream," de Blasio said.

On Wednesday night, hundreds of police officers and loved ones gathered for a candlelight vigil.

Genesis told the crowd that she hopes one day everyone can have the same positive outlook on life as her mother did.