The adult daughter of slain hero city cop Miosotis Familia delivered an emotional remembrance of her mom Sunday, the third anniversary of the officer’s on-the-job assassination — and beseeched New Yorkers to likewise never forget her mother’s sacrifice.
“She was the most loving person ever. She was the kindest soul,” Genesis Villella said through tears during a memorial ceremony for her mom in The Bronx, the borough that Familia gave her life protecting.
“Anyone who knew her knew that that she loved her family, and she loved her friends,” Villella said. “Not only her blood-related family, but her Blue family as well.
“My mom loved being a cop.”
Familia, an anti-crime officer and 12-year Police Department veteran, was seated inside a cop car in the early hours of July 5, 2017, when police-hating ex-con Alexander Bonds ambushed her and her partner unprovoked at East 183rd Street and Morris Avenue.
Bonds fired a single shot through the window, fatally striking Familia in the head, before he was in turn gunned down by police a short distance away.
Villella asked that New Yorkers join her in carrying the memory of her mom, who was posthumously promoted to detective.
She also called for a level of respect for her mom’s fellow Finest, referencing a “horrific” incident late Saturday in which a bullet whizzed through the window of a marked NYPD vehicle outside the borough’s 40th Precinct, narrowly missing two cops inside.
Authorities as of Sunday evening had not determined whether those cops were targeted or had a close brush with a stray bullet.
“All that I ask is that no one ever forgets the sacrifice that my mother made for this city,” she said. “I just hope that no one in this city forgets that cops have families too, that they have children, that they have parents, that they have siblings, that they have people that love them.”
Villella recalled in heart-wrenching detail the final hours she spent with her mom before the officer’s murder, beginning with an Independence Day barbecue at a relative’s home in New Jersey.
“Everything seemed so amazing at the time,” Villella said.
“When we got home that night … I was in my room, and she came in, and she said, ‘I’m gonna go to work now,’ ” Villella recalled of Familia. “We looked at each other. I said, ‘OK, Mom. I love you. I’ll see you tomorrow.’ Then … she gave me a hug.
“She smiled at me, and I asked her, ‘Could I have another hug?’ And she hugged me [in] what would’ve been the last time that I ever would’ve seen her.”
Villella drifted to sleep, only to be roused a few hours later by a cop at the door of the family home, telling her that she needed to come to St. Barnabas Hospital.
“When I got [to St. Barnabas], they explained to me that while my mom was working, a criminal who hated cops came and shot her in the head,” Villella said. “They asked me if I wanted to see her. I went into the hospital room, and she was in front of me dead.”
Familia, 48, also left behind two younger children, a twin girl and boy, raised by Villella since the tragedy.
“Ever since that night in the hospital, I have never been OK,” Villella said. “The shock may have settled, but the grief and the pain and the trauma have stayed.”
The “gruesome” and “evil” act has left Villella with “a hole in my heart,” she said Sunday.
“Still today, the pain and the grief that I’m feeling will never go away,” she said. “This is something that doesn’t get easier.”