Sean Bell's Father Speaks Out About Son's Death
By: NY1 News
NY1: Sean Bell's Father Speaks Out About Son's Death
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The family and fiancŽe of the groom killed by police in Queens last Saturday are reeling from the loss of their son, but Sean Bell's father took some time to share his thoughts on what happened the night of the shooting.
“I can't repair this heart and what I'm going through right now. It's broken too bad,” said William Bell.
William Bell says his heart was shattered early Saturday morning after getting the news that his son Sean Bell was shot and killed, and his two friends were wounded by police. It happened as the men were driving away from Bell's bachelor party at Club Kalua in Jamaica. The 23-year-old was supposed to get married that night.
“It's hard for anybody to lose their son — any parent. It's just, too much for a young man to be taken away from a life that's happy. How do you explain that?” said William Bell.
At around 4 a.m. Saturday morning two undercover officers called for back-up after witnessing a dispute outside the club among a group of men, including Bell. Police say Bell then got into his car with his friends and rammed into the undercover police officer who was following them, as well as an unmarked police van. Police say that's when five officers fired at least 50 bullets into Bell's car and killed him. It's unclear whether the officers identified themselves.
After hearing the Police Department's version of what happened Bell says he doesn't believe his son would do something like that on purpose.
“I think he was afraid. He didn't know who was doing what to him. You out in the street these days and you see people in an unmarked car coming to block you in. That's the way I understand it, I don’t know for sure. I'm going to try to get away too. Then all of a sudden they kill him because he tried to get away,” said William Bell.
Bell says he doesn't understand why this happened to his son, whom he describes as a good person who had a lot to live for.
“I was so proud of him because he proposed to his fiancŽe, and everything, longtime sweetheart, two beautiful children. Their father is gone,” said William Bell.
Bell spoke to NY1 hours after meeting with the mayor. He didn't want to go into details about their conversation, but he says there's nothing that anyone can say to ease his family's pain right now.
“My son is not here. You can't bring him back. How can I be satisfied? But I do admire [the mayor] for coming out to speak to me. I give him that,” said William Bell.
Bells also wanted to give thanks to the people in the city who have reached out to his family. He says he wants everyone to remain calm because he doesn't believe the shooting was racially motivated.
“All the anger in the world will not bring him back. I just don't want this to happen to no one else's kid. No matter what color they are. Make sure that's clear. Color has nothing to do with this. It's the human being that got lost,” said William Bell.
— Ruschell Boone