The widow of police shooting victimSean Bell, marking the third anniversary of his death, stood sadly on the Queens street where her late fiancee drew his last breath.
Nicole Paultre-Bell, surrounded by about three dozen relatives, friends and supporters, renewed her call for federal charges against the cops who fired a 50-shot fusillade at Bell.
“Someone is dead and no one’s responsible,” Paultre-Bell said Wednesday at the 5 a.m. gathering. “All I can do is just hope and pray.”
The mourners lit two dozen white votive candles at the spot on Liverpool St. where Bell was gunned down before sunrise. A bell was then rung 50 times, one for each shot fired at the groom-to-be.
Bell and Nicole were due to walk down the aisle together just hours after his Nov. 25, 2006, shooting.
She takes special comfort that her 7-year-old daughter, Jada, reminds her so much of Bell, down to her smallest habits, like playing with her hair the way her dad did.
“She looks and acts just like him,” Paultre-Bell said. “I look at her everyday and say, ‘Gosh, you remind me of your dad.’ It’s a good feeling.”
In Aril 2008, three NYPD detectives were acquitted of state charges in the shooting that killed Bell and seriously wounded two of his friends outside a Queens strip club.
The federal investigation was launched immediately after that verdict.
“It’s three years later, and I’m still as outraged as I was when I got the call three years ago this morning,” said theRev. Al Sharpton, who attended the anniversary get-together.