Hundreds attend gunned down NYC correction officer’s funeral in Brooklyn

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MOLLY CRANE-NEWMAN & RICH SCHAPIRO

Hundreds of mourners squeezed into a Brooklyn church Tuesday to bid farewell to a city correction officer who was executed in a still-unsolved slaying.

Alastasia Bryan, 25, was gunned down Dec. 4 while sitting inside her parked 2016 Infiniti in Bergen Beach in what investigators believe was a contract killing.

"When the incident happened, I tried to wrap my head around it, and I still can't,” Bryan's oldest brother, Kirk Macdonald, said in a heart-wrenching eulogy at the First AME Zion Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

“I asked myself, how am I gonna tell Stasi’s niece and nephew when they wanna FaceTime her? How am I gonna hold strong for my mother and my father? How am I gonna hide crying every night, so I don't agitate my wife and she starts crying?”

Jail workers from as far away as Massachusetts packed into the church alongside dozens of city correction officers and cops.

Two large flower wreaths — one in the shape of her officer’s shield, the other bearing the initials of the AMKC jail house where she worked — surrounded Bryan’s coffin.

Tears filled the eyes of Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association President Elias Husamudeen as he mourned the officer everyone knew as Stasi.

“I want to speak to you about Stasi's light,” Husamudeen said. “I want to say to you that it's very important that we don't allow Stasi's light to go dim, that we don't allow Stasi's light to go out.”

A security video captured Bryan’s killer pumping five bullets into the helpless victim, then fleeing.

Detectives suspect that her ex-boyfriend, who has been arrested 31 times including twice for domestic incidents involving Bryan, may have directed her killing.

"I want to say to the NYPD,” Husamudeen said at Bryan’s funeral, “we know that you’re gonna find this guy.”

Corrections Department Commissioner Joseph Ponte recalled the day just last month when Bryan graduated from the academy.

"It was a happy day for Alastasia and her family,” Ponte said.

“Who could ever forget the infectious smile on that day? Her precious smile on that day. No one could ever imagine the tragic events to occur just one month later. I cannot imagine what her family is going though.”

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