New York City has agreed to dole out more than $7 million in damages to settle a lawsuit from the family and friends of Sean Bell, the unarmed black man gunned down by police officers right before his wedding in 2006. Of that, $3.25 million will go to the children Bell had with fiancé Nicole Paultre Bell, and the rest will be split between two friends of his who were injured in the shooting, the New York Times reports
Paultre Bell emerged from court saying the settlement was a hollow victory. “No amount of money can provide closure, no amount of money can make up for the pain,” she said. “We’ll just try to learn how to live with it and move on.” She herself won’t get any money, since she never was able to marry Sean—she simply changed her name after his death.