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By now, you have likely heard the story of Emily Zamourka, the homeless woman in Los Angeles who became an Internet sensation last week after a Los Angeles police officer filmed her singing “O Mio Babbino Caro” by Puccini in the subway.

The video of Zamourka went viral — the video has been viewed over one million times — and thousands of people who were touched by Zamourka’s voice — as well as her apparent plight — began to offer to help. One GoFundMe to help Zamourka get back on her feet raised over $100,000, and Zamourka was reportedly offered a record contract by grammy-nominated producer Joel Diamond.


But you may not have heard that the only thing Zamourka wanted was an opportunity to meet the LAPD officer who filmed her and made it all happen.

Zamourka was initially nervous about the possibility of an officer videotaping her in the Subway. As a homeless person who is probably used to being shuffled along by police officers, she initially asked the officer not to film her.

She told the Los Angeles Times, “What do you expect with a police officer taking a picture of you?”

But after the flood of support, the LAPD went back to Zamourka and asked if there was anything they could do. According to KCAL-TV, Zamourka replied that the only thing she wanted was to meet the officer who made it all possible.

So the department made that happen, and captured it all on video.

The officer — who has been identified by the Department only as “Officer Frazier” — can be seen in the video approaching the much smaller Zamourka and enveloping her in a hug.

Since the initial video surfaced, local media have performed further investigations on Zamourka’s background and discovered that she was a trained pianist and violinist who moved to the United States from Russia. She does not have any training as a singer, but taught herself by watching performances as a child in Russia, and by watching opera on TV.

According to KCAL, she became homeless when she accumulated steep medical bills due to an unspecified “serious medical problem,” and began playing her violin in the subway for extra cash. When her violin broke, she was unable to do this, and lost her home, but continued to perform in the subway for what little subsistence she could muster.

  • Stephen Russell says:

    Get her on: Fox & Friends, GMA, CBS Sunday Morning, The Voice, TBN, CBN, NBC talk shows,
    CBS 60 Minutes, & local shows, Get her an agent, a car, a home or apt, Get moving, Hire Her.

  • William says:

    A story that so many people are experiencing, and there’s no help, while in the meantime “dirty” politicians are collecting billions for doing nothing!! This is not acceptable!! There needs to be a real clean-up in DC, and the cleaner is Donald J. Trump!! MAGA!! TRUMP 2020!!!

    • Kathryn Lycksell says:

      I totally agree with you William, so tired of politicians scamming the American taxpayer through slush funds and every other crooked method they can come up with. No accountability, a plain free for all before Trump came along.

  • carol says:

    God bless good people.

  • madge says:

    thank God she has been rescued from homelessness! Her life will change for the better because of a caring police officer and people who cared after hearing the voice on the video. The world is full of kind people,we just don’t hear of them often enough.

    • cal says:

      Amen to that madge. Why can’t we have more stories like this on the freaking news stations? No ratings in that got to stick it to Trump, bash democrats or republicans or cops I for one am tired of it and want more of this news!!!

  • JACK W DERE says:

    What a moving story. I wish her well from here forward and thank the police officer for making it happen. I support the Blues.

  • CF