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May 15, 2018

Trump honors family of slain NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia during ceremony for fallen cops

President Trump saluted the family of slain officer Miosotis Familia Tuesday during a ceremony in Washington honoring fallen cops.

Trump was making a point about the tragedy of ambush attacks on police officers when he spotted Familia's family and invited them to join him at the microphone behind the Presidential seal.

"These are special people," Trump said as he greeted Familia's son, daughters and mother, Adrianna Valoy. "Special, special people. And I want to tell you that last year just a few hours after the city of New York celebrated the Fourth of July, Detective Familia was on duty in her vehicle not far from Yankee stadium."

She was ambushed by a man for the simple reason that she was a member of the police department," Trump said. "She was a member of law enforcement. That was the simple reason."

Trump said he got to understand how much Familia meant to the city and her loved ones by talking to her family.

"When people met the family, they saw what an incredible person she was," Trump said. "I just want to say that, to your entire family. "It's such an honor to have you up here. We weren't going to bring you up, but I looked at you in the audience and I said, you have to come up, because you're representing something so important. You understand that? She loved the department. She loved being a police officer. She loved her job. She was respected by everybody. They told me all about her."

Familia, 48, was shot to death from point-blank range on July 5 when a gunman with a history of mental problems ambushed her on a Bronx street.

She was seated inside an NYPD mobile command unit when the killer opened fire without a word or a warning.

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