'My mom was my best friend.'- Daughter remembers NYPD detective 3 years after her death
This week marks three years since NYPD Detective Miosotis Familia was shot and killed while working in the Bronx.
Her oldest daughter, Genesis Villella, is making it her mission to ensure that no one forgets her mother.
"It has been almost three years since my mother was murdered here in the Bronx while working. The pain never goes away,” said Villella.
On July 5, 2017, Detective Familia was gunned down as she sat in a mobile NYPD command vehicle in the Bronx.
She is survived by Villela and her two younger twin siblings, Peter and Delilah. "She was a single parent who worked really hard to raise me and my siblings and now I've had to assume the role of a single parent to take care of them and to honor her. I do that because I love her and I love my siblings,” said Villela.
Last year on the two-year anniversary of her death, a massive mural was painted and unveiled outside the 46th Precinct, where Familia worked.
COVID-19 made a public memorial difficult this year, so Villella has organized a virtual workout for those who would like to show their support.
The money they raise will go toward the creation of a foundation in her mother’s honor. "I really wanted to be able to honor my mom in a way that her memory will live on forever,” said Villella.
The focus will be on providing scholarships to help those in need to get a proper education.
"My mom was very big on education. Education was always paramount, school was always one of the most important things in life,” said Villella.
The pain remains but Villella says it’s an opportunity to give back and honor her mother.