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Wake Held For Woman Shot By Police On Capitol Hill

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Friends and family held a wake Monday for 34-year-old Miriam Carey, a Bedford-Stuyvesant native who was shot and killed following a police chase near Capitol Hill earlier this month. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.

Sisters of Miriam Carey say they will miss a supportive, intelligent woman.

"I'm going to miss my friend," said Amy Carey-Jones, Miriam Carey's sister. "I'm just going to miss having her there."

Her loved ones call her an ambitious dental hygienist and a happy soul.

"The world is missing a star," Carey-Jones said. "My sister was a beautiful woman."

"Ms. Carey was a friend of mine from way back when," said one person. "It's sad the way things went down."

Police near Capitol Hill shot and killed the 34-year-old Bedford-Stuyvesant native on October 3 after a car chase.

An attorney for her family cites a search warrant showing that Carey made a U-turn, avoiding a White House checkpoint. She knocked over a bike rack and the officer who was using it to try to stop her. A chase ensued, and she backed into a police car.

The same court document explains that Secret Service and Capitol police opened fire, killing Carey. Her 1-year-old, also in the vehicle, was uninjured.

The family's attorney, Eric Sanders, believes officers acted criminally.

"All Americans should be outraged," Sanders said. "We just watched a U.S. citizen killed right in the nation's capital."

Carey's family has said she was suffering from postpartum depression but was on medication and able to function each day. They say they want answers.

"The details that were given to us, it just doesn't add up," Carey-Jones said. "So knowing what happened will definitely help the healing process."

The Capitol police chief had said he was proud of his officers' "heroic'' response.

The incident remains under investigation.

Carey's funeral is set for Tuesday at 10 a.m.

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