NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia, who was ambushed and killed last week while sitting in a mobile command unit in the Bronx, was posthumously promoted to detective first-grade as thousands remembered her as a hero who loved life.
A sea of officers gathered outside the World Changers Church on the Grand Concourse, where Familia’s funeral was held Tuesday.
Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Familia was “a kind and authentic woman,” CBS News reports.
He became emotional while addressing Familia’s three children, saying “nothing I can say will bring your mom back. I’m sorry for that. But I can make you this promise: Your mom didn’t die in vain.”
The police commissioner called her death “an act of hate” and said she was “assassinated solely for what she represented.”
“Where are the demonstrations for the single mom who cared for her elderly mother and three children?” he asked to a thunderous applause and standing ovation. “There is anger and sorrow, but why is there no outrage?”
Familia’s three children, 20-year-old Genesis and 12-year-old twins Delilah and Peter, also took the stage.
Her oldest daughter said it was 12 years ago on July 11 that her mother officially joined the NYPD.
“When I was a little kid, I was just so proud and so excited my mom was a cop,” she said. “I still am so proud of her.”