Family, friends remember Sean Bell 10 years after his death

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JAMAICA, Queens — Friends and family came together Friday to remember Sean Bell, 10 years after he was fatally shot by police on his wedding day in one of the most infamous shootings in city history.

Friends and family gathered in Jamaica, Queens for a community day and a vigil.

Bell’s parents said while it's always hard during Thanksgiving, they continue to focus on positive memories. Valerie Bell, who wrote a book, read excerpt to a small crowd.

"I still cry for Sean but I also cry for all of the other young people being killed," Valerie Bell said.

Sean Bell was celebrating his bachelor party on Nov. 25, 2006, when he was fatally shot. Undercover officers approached the car Bell and his friends with him and fired their guns 50 times.


Police said they thought Bell and his friends had a gun, but no firearm was found ever found.

The three detectives involved were acquitted of all charges in April 2008.

A fourth officer who fired also fired his weapon left the department.