Vigil Being Held Saturday In Honor Of NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia

Mandy Carr
July 11, 2017

The 48-year-old was shot while sitting in the front passenger seat of a police RV stationed in the area as a result of a triple shooting in the area in March.

Colleagues gathered at the World Changers Church on the Grand Concourse as the casket containing the body of NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia arrived ahead of her wake Monday. Officer Miosotis Familia was struck in the head. Soon after, officers fatally shot the gunman, Alexander Bonds, after they say he drew a weapon on them. Her funeral mass will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

She leaves behind a 20-year-old daughter and 12-year-old twins.

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Bonds' girlfriend had actually called the police two hours before the shooting to say that Bonds was acting erratically; as NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce put it, "She specifically said he was unarmed and acting a little off, but he was harmless". She was reassigned to patrol as part of the department's Summer All Out program, in which officers formerly assigned to administrative jobs work 8 p.m.to 4 a.m., when most violent crimes take place.

There does not appear to be any connection between Familia and Bonds, police said.

We must resoundingly reject violence against our law enforcement officers and remember the dangers they face every day when they leave their own families to protect ours.

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