Family and friends of Sean Bell, the man killed in a fusillade of police bullets three years ago, held a memorial service in his memory on Nov. 25 at Praise Tabernacle Church in Jamaica.
Presiding were the Rev. Al Sharpton, the Rev. Caesar Cabiness, the Rev. Reuel Williams and the Rev. N. JoAnn Locket.
Bell’s family, here mourning him at the service, provided some recollections of his life, cut short the day he was to be married. Bell had two siblings, William Jr. and Delores Jean. At a young age, he developed a love for baseball, which later won him the High School Championship, played at Yankee Stadium. He received numerous awards from his division, the City Council and the mayor’s office. He continued to play throughout college.
Bell and his fiance, Nicole, met in November 2000. Their bond later led to the birth of two beautiful daughters, Jada and Jordyn. Bell was very devoted to his family.
On Nov. 24, 2006 , the eve of his wedding, Bell joined his friends in celebration of his wedding ceremony to his high school sweetheart and mother of his two daughters.
But at approximately 4 a.m. on Nov. 25, Bell was killed. His friends Joe Guzman and Trent Benefield were seriously injured. All were unarmed. The officers were acquitted.