When police officers work together, there’s always an unspoken bond and sense of solidarity. But in 2014, two NYPD rookies met and discovered a stunning connection that went beyond the badge.
Yadarquiris Molina had just graduated from the police academy and was assigned to New York’s 42nd Precinct. When she got there, many of her fellow officers pointed out that she and another officer had something in common.
Both officers at the same precinct had the same last name: Molina.
Most people assumed it was just a funny coincidence—it’s not unlikely for two officers to share a last name.
But when Yadarquiris learned the other officer’s first name, Jasmine, she felt it could be something more.
She knew she had a paternal half-sister with the exact same name, one she met briefly as a young child but had no contact with or further information about.
“It’s something I felt inside. It could be her,” she told FOX 5.
“I knew I had a sister named Jasmine.”
While they shared a locker next to each other, the two Molinas worked different shifts and didn’t come into contact with one another—until one day.
The two were changing shifts: Jasmine was leaving to go home, and Yadarquiris was getting ready for patrol.
The two women took the opportunity to finally speak with the other officer, and Yadarquiris approached the subject that had been on her mind.
“She said, ‘It would be funny if we were family,’ and we started laughing,” Jasmine recalled to Fox News.
But it turned out Jasmine, too, sensed a possible familial connection:
“I said, ‘Maybe, because I don’t know my father’s side of the family.’”
So Yadarquiris told her about her own father Hector—and they had a bombshell revelation.
“When she told me his name — which is the exact same as mine — I stood speechless,” said Jasmine. “I didn’t have anything to say.”
They were half-sisters.
To be sure, the two cross-checked their relatives and confirmed what they had suspected: they did in fact share a father.
“We were very shocked,” Jasmine told FOX 5. The two cried, a tearful but happy reunion for the long-lost siblings.
The two were stunned by the coincidence. Separated their whole lives, they not only both went into law enforcement but ended up in the same precinct at the same time—something they can only chalk up to fate.
“It is a sign from God. I definitely think so,” Jasmine told FOX 5.
“We say it’s in the blood,” she added, about their shared career path.
But their similarities go beyond just their police work. They quickly found out they have plenty in common, including a love of Mexican food and the same favorite school subject: English.
“We have the same personalities,” Yadarquiris told FOX 5.
“We were destined to meet. I mean, come on. She worked in the 4-1, I lived in the 4-1. We have the same locker, we grew up in the Bronx not far from each other,” Jasmine told NBC New York.
“It was something that was going to happen, it was just a matter of time.”
And, while it took decades to find each other, they wasted no time in developing a sisterly bond.
“They’re loving,” precinct commanding officer Ernest Morales told NBC. “They take shots at each other just like siblings, they encourage each other.”
Things took a dramatic turn a year later, however: Their father died in 2015.
But shortly before his death, the long-lost sisters, along with their other siblings, joined their father at his deathbed—a highly emotional reunion.
“When we each spoke in the room, his heart rate went up drastically…that’s how we knew,” Jasmine told NBC.
“He knew all six kids were together for the first time.”
But the sisters say their relationship isn’t about making up for the past—it’s about moving forward.
“The relationship that we have now is what matters at this point,” Yadarquiris told NBC.
“I feel at peace because we found each other,” she added to Fox News.