In July, New York Police Officer Miosotis Familia was shot and killed while sitting in her patrol car and the murderous act was labeled a “clear assassination.”
“Miosotis was targeted, ambushed, and assassinated,“ New York Police Department Commissioner James O’Neill said at her funeral. ”She wasn’t even given a chance to defend herself. That should matter to every single person who can hear my voice in New York City and beyond.”
Familia left behind three children — a 20-year-old daughter and 12-year-old twins — and on Friday, New Yorkers showed her kids that although their mother is gone, they aren't alone.
The New York Daily News, Tunnel to Towers Foundation, and Skyview Apartments LLC collectively raised $818,000, which they used to purchase a debt-free, three-bedroom co-op in the Bronx for Familia's children.
Skyview Apartments LLC told the New York Daily News that when they learned the children were interested in one of their buildings, they expedited renovations and put planned work on hold to make sure they could move in before Christmas.
“Something that our mom made sure was that we were well taken care of,” 20-year-old Genesis said during a press conference. “She was a single mother and our only parent and our only supporter. She was the one who kept us afloat and she used to tell us that just because she was a single parent that we couldn't ask for what we wanted and we couldn't feel less fortunate or that we couldn't live the life that we wanted to live and live happily because we didn't have another parental figure around.”
She added that while she was alive, her mom “sacrificed so much,” and in her death “she's still sacrificing for us.”
“She gave the ultimate sacrifice,” Genesis said. “I'd prefer that she had not done that but I can't change the past, I can only look forward and I'm just so thankful — like unbelievably thankful — to the Daily News, Tunnel to Towers and to everyone else who made this possible.”
As the three siblings walked into their future home, the New York Daily News reported that 12-year-old Peter whispered, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the Daily News Arthur Browne said that everyone involved can “take great pride” in providing a home to Familia's family, “where the heart of that brave, selfless mother and cop will continue to beat.”
WABC-TV reported that maintenance fees for their home are covered by the donations and a Tunnels to Towers Foundation spokesman said the property taxes will also be paid for years to come.
Watch the press conference, below.