NYPD, Community Say Goodbye to Fallen Police Officer

NYPD, Community Say Goodbye to Fallen Police Officer
by David Greene

Several hundred residents of the Fordham Heights community joined police officers of the 46th Precinct in paying their respects for slain police officer Miosotis Familia, 48, during a candlelight light vigil outside of the Ryer Avenue station-house on Saturday, July 8.

Familia was shot in the head as she manned an NYPD mobile command center at East 183 Street and Morris Avenue in the early morning hours of July 5.

The suspected gunman Alexander Boyd, 34, was shot and killed by fellow officers minutes later.

Members of the NYPD brass honor fallen police officer outside of the 46th Precinct.--Photo by David Greene

Members of the NYPD brass honor fallen police officer outside of the 46th Precinct.–Photo by David Greene

Members of the Familia family were joined by 46th Precinct Commanding Officer Inspector Philip Rivera, Assistant Chief Larry Nikunen and Patrol Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch.

Police say the temporary command center, a mobile office had been stationed their since three people were shot during a wild shootout on March 16.

The city is currently in the process of outfitting bullet-proof glass to the city’s 72 mobile command centers at a cost of $1 million.

Resident of the community hold candles as purple and black bunting hang over the doorway of the 46th Precinct.--Photo by David Greene

Resident of the community hold candles as purple and black bunting hang over the doorway of the 46th Precinct.–Photo by David Greene

A wake for officer Miosotis will be held on Monday, July 10 at the World Changers Church on the Grand Concourse followed by a funeral service at the same church on the following day.

Officer Familia leaves behind three children including 12 year-old twins.

Late Sunday, July 9, a second police officer was shot and later died at Samaritan Hospital in Jefferson, NY. No additional details were currently available.

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