On Tuesday, President Donald Trump embraced the mother of a slain New York officer in a particularly touching moment during the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service held in Washington, D.C.
On July 5, 2017, NYPD officer Miosotis Familia, a 43-year-old mother of three, was ambushed in her cop car while serving on the job and shot to death by a cop-hating madman. Familia’s mother, children, and NYPD partner were spotted by the president at the event and pulled on stage for a special honoring of their lost loved one.
Familia’s 90-year-old mother was overcome with emotion as Trump embraced her with a warm hug. “Hi, sweetheart … so beautiful,” he told her, giving her a kiss on the forehand.
“Thank you, thank you,” the woman responded, unable to hold back tears.
Holding hands, Trump then led her to the stage. “So I promised I told her I wouldn’t tell you she’s 90 years old,” joked Trump, “but you know what, she is really something.”
“She’s looking down and she’s so proud of you,” the president continued, turning to Familia’s children.
“We will be thinking of your incredible daughter,” he continued, kissing the slain officer’s mother on the hand. “We will be thinking of all the heroes we lost and we will thank God for the men and women of law enforcement.”
Earlier in his remarks, Trump called for the death penalty for cop-killers, reports The New York Post. “[Familia] was ambushed by a man for the simple reason that she was a member of the police department,” he told the D.C. crowd. “That was the simple reason.”
Familia’s partner, Vincent Maher, also gave remarks in honor of Familia. “This is a woman who got injured a while ago and volunteered to come back to patrol to one of the roughest places in New York City,” he explained. “She volunteered to leave a cushy job to come back to patrol.”
“I had the honor of being with her that night,” added Maher. “She was an incredible person and she is missed by this family.”