Thousands gather for funeral of slain NYPD Detective Miosotis Familia

THE BRONX (WPIX) -- Thousands came together at a Bronx church to honor and remember NYPD Detective Miosotis Familia, who was laid to rest Tuesday, exactly 12 years after joining the police force.

Familia's three children were among those gathered at World Changers Church, with her eldest daughter, Genesis, and son Jacob speaking.

Genesis, 20, recalled the last time she saw her mother, who was leaving for an overnight shift on the Fourth of July.

"'I love you, I'm going to work now,'" Familia told Genesis before they embraced. "She gave me a really big, tight hug, and I said, 'I love you, mom. ... Can just have one more hug?' And she said, 'ok, of course.'"

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Genesis Villella (C), and twins Delilah and Peter Vega, children of New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer Miosotis Familia, participate during her funeral service for Familia, at the World Changers Church, in the Bronx borough of New York City, U.S., July 11, 2017. REUTERS/Richard Drew/Pool
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: A child reacts while watching the funeral for NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia, who was shot and killed last week in what police have called 'an unprovoked attack' in the Bronx on July 11, 2017 in New York City. Thousands of police officers from around the country have joined local politicians and community leaders for the funeral of Officer Familia, 48, who was shot last Wednesday as she sat in an NYPD mobile command vehicle at 183rd St. and Creston Ave. in Fordham Heights. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Police officers gather for the funeral service for slain New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer Miosotis Familia in the Bronx borough of New York City, U.S., July 11, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A police officer bows her head as officers gather for the funeral service for slain New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer Miosotis Familia in the Bronx borough of New York City, U.S., July 11, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
The coffin containing slain New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer Miosotis Familia is carried from the World Changers Church followed by her son Peter after her funeral service in the Bronx borough of New York City, U.S., July 11, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Genesis Villella (C), and twins Delilah and Peter Vega, children of New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer Miosotis Familia, participate during her funeral service for Familia, at the World Changers Church, in the Bronx borough of New York City, U.S., July 11, 2017. REUTERS/Richard Drew/Pool TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
An officer wears an NYPD Police shield covered with a mourning band as officers gather for the funeral service for slain New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer Miosotis Familia in the Bronx borough of New York City, U.S., July 11, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner James P. O'Neill hugs a fellow officer outside the World Changers Church following funeral services for slain NYPD officer Miosotis Familia in the Bronx borough of New York City, U.S., July 11, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Family members of slain New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer Miosotis Familia react outside the World Changers Church following her funeral service in the Bronx borough of New York City, U.S., July 11, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A woman pauses as she stands with police officers gathered for the funeral service for slain New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer Miosotis Familia in the Bronx borough of New York City, U.S., July 11, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
The choir performs during the funeral for New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer Miosotis Familia at the World Changers Church, in the Bronx borough of New York City, U.S., July 11, 2017. REUTERS/Richard Drew/Pool
Family members of slain New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer Miosotis Familia stand outside the World Changers Church following her funeral service in the Bronx borough of New York City, U.S., July 11, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
The coffin containing slain New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer Miosotis Familia is carried from the World Changers Church following her funeral service in the Bronx borough of New York City, U.S., July 11, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Thousands of police officers and their supporters stand outside of a Bronx church during the funeral for NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia, who was shot and killed last week in what police have called 'an unprovoked attack' in the Bronx on July 11, 2017 in New York City. Thousands of police officers from around the country have joined local politicians and community leaders for the funeral of Officer Familia, 48, who was shot last Wednesday as she sat in an NYPD mobile command vehicle at 183rd St. and Creston Ave. in Fordham Heights. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: A child reacts while watching the funeral for NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia, who was shot and killed last week in what police have called 'an unprovoked attack' in the Bronx on July 11, 2017 in New York City. Thousands of police officers from around the country have joined local politicians and community leaders for the funeral of Officer Familia, 48, who was shot last Wednesday as she sat in an NYPD mobile command vehicle at 183rd St. and Creston Ave. in Fordham Heights. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
The coffin containing slain New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer Miosotis Familia is carried from the World Changers Church as her family members look on following her funeral service in the Bronx borough of New York City, U.S., July 11, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Former New York City Police Department detective (NYPD) Richard "Bo" Dietl attends the funeral service for slain New NYPD officer Miosotis Familia in the Bronx borough of New York City, U.S., July 11, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Police officers gather for the funeral service for slain New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer Miosotis Familia in the Bronx borough of New York City, U.S., July 11, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Police helicopters fly overhead as the casket of fallen NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia is brought outside of a Bronx church after she was shot and killed last week in what police have called 'an unprovoked attack' in the Bronx on July 11, 2017 in New York City. Thousands of police officers from around the country have joined local politicians and community leaders for the funeral of Officer Familia, 48, who was shot last Wednesday as she sat in an NYPD mobile command vehicle at 183rd St. and Creston Ave. in Fordham Heights. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: People watch the funeral for NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia, who was shot and killed last week in what police have called 'an unprovoked attack' in the Bronx on July 11, 2017 in New York City. Thousands of police officers from around the country have joined local politicians and community leaders for the funeral of Officer Familia, 48, who was shot last Wednesday as she sat in an NYPD mobile command vehicle at 183rd St. and Creston Ave. in Fordham Heights. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: New York City Police officers stand during the funeral for New York City Police Officer Miosotis Familia, at the World Changers Church, July 11, 2017 in The Bronx borough of New York City. The slain officer, a mother of three children including 12-year-old twins, was writing in her memo book at the end of her shift early last Wednesday when a man walked up to the police vehicle where she was sitting and fired. (Photo by Richard Drew - Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio, standing center, greets former New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton as he arrives for the funeral for New York City Police Officer Miosotis Familia, at the World Changers Church, July 11, 2017 in The Bronx borough of New York City. The slain officer, a mother of three children including 12-year-old twins, was writing in her memo book at the end of her shift early last Wednesday when a man walked up to the police vehicle where she was sitting and fired. (Photo by Richard Drew - Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Children (left to right) Peter, Genesis Delilah walk out of church during the funeral for their mother fallen NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia after she was shot and killed last week in what police have called 'an unprovoked attack' in the Bronx on July 11, 2017 in New York City. Thousands of police officers from around the country have joined local politicians and community leaders for the funeral of Officer Familia, 48, who was shot last Wednesday as she sat in an NYPD mobile command vehicle at 183rd St. and Creston Ave. in Fordham Heights. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: People watch the funeral for NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia, who was shot and killed last week in what police have called 'an unprovoked attack' in the Bronx on July 11, 2017 in New York City. Thousands of police officers from around the country have joined local politicians and community leaders for the funeral of Officer Familia, 48, who was shot last Wednesday as she sat in an NYPD mobile command vehicle at 183rd St. and Creston Ave. in Fordham Heights. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Thousands of police officers and their supporters stand outside of a Bronx church during the funeral for NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia, who was shot and killed last week in what police have called 'an unprovoked attack' in the Bronx on July 11, 2017 in New York City. Thousands of police officers from around the country have joined local politicians and community leaders for the funeral of Officer Familia, 48, who was shot last Wednesday as she sat in an NYPD mobile command vehicle at 183rd St. and Creston Ave. in Fordham Heights. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Calvin Hunt stands with his son Cameron while holding a Blue Lives Matter banner and a picture of NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia outside of a Bronx church during the funeral for Officer Familia, who was shot and killed last week in what police have called 'an unprovoked attack' in the Bronx on July 11, 2017 in New York City. Thousands of police officers from around the country have joined local politicians and community leaders for the funeral of Officer Familia, 48, who was shot last Wednesday as she sat in an NYPD mobile command vehicle at 183rd St. and Creston Ave. in Fordham Heights. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Police from Los Angeles stand outside of a Bronx church during the funeral for NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia, who was shot and killed last week in what police have called 'an unprovoked attack' in the Bronx on July 11, 2017 in New York City. Thousands of police officers from around the country have joined local politicians and community leaders for the funeral of Officer Familia, 48, who was shot last Wednesday as she sat in an NYPD mobile command vehicle at 183rd St. and Creston Ave. in Fordham Heights. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Thousands of police officers stand outside of a Bronx church during the funeral for NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia, who was shot and killed last week in what police have called �n unprovoked attack�in the Bronx on July 11, 2017 in New York City. Thousands of police officers from around the country have joined local politicians and community leaders for the funeral of Officer Familia, 48, who was shot last Wednesday as she sat in an NYPD mobile command vehicle at 183rd St. and Creston Ave. in Fordham Heights. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Cameron Hunt (() stands with his father Calvin holding a Blue Lives Matter banner outside of a Bronx church during the funeral for NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia, who was shot and killed last week in what police have called 'an unprovoked attack' in the Bronx on July 11, 2017 in New York City. Thousands of police officers from around the country have joined local politicians and community leaders for the funeral of Officer Familia, 48, who was shot last Wednesday as she sat in an NYPD mobile command vehicle at 183rd St. and Creston Ave. in Fordham Heights. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Familia then reported to her command post, a marked, RV-like vehicle, in the Bronx, where she was fatally shot shortly after midnight Wednesday.

"I know that when she went to work that night, when she sat in that truck, that she had me and my siblings in her heart, and she had love in her heart, and that she wasn't upset, and she wasn't afraid, or nervous," Genesis said.

Genesis also remembered her mother as far more than a member of the NYPD and a mother, "she is protector, defender, guidance counselor, spiritual advisor, philosopher, philanthropist, fearless."

Jacob, one of Familia's 12-year-old twins, asked those gathered and viewing the service to be appreciative of all they have, and say "I love you" to "anybody you see."

Familia was posthumously promoted from officer to detective by NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill during the service.

As he spoke, O'Neill said Familia was killed because of her uniform.

"There is nothing more human than a 48-year-old mother of three, living in the Bronx, who decided to swear an oath, put on a uniform, and live a life with meaning," O'Neill said.

Familia was sitting in the vehicle when Alexander Bonds, someone investigators don't believe new the detective, fired a single shot, killing her. Bonds was confronted by officers less than a block away and fatally shot.

Before joining the NYPD 12 years ago to the day Tuesday, Familia was a nurse and medical assistant.

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