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Miami Coach’s Nephew Shot by NYC Police

November 28, 2006

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) _ The unarmed man shot to death by New York police hours before his wedding was the nephew of Miami basketball coach Frank Haith.

Haith called the death of 23-year-old Sean Bell a ``tremendous shock to me and my family.″

``Sean was a good kid who was looking forward to getting married and beginning a new chapter in his life,″ Haith said in a statement. ``Our family is devastated, but I would prefer to wait until all the facts are known before commenting further.″

Bell was killed and two of his friends were wounded Saturday after his bachelor party at a strip club in Queens. Suspecting one of the men had a gun, police fired 50 shots at the group’s vehicle. The men were unarmed.

Haith will attend Bell’s funeral Friday, the school told The Miami Herald on Monday night. Haith was expected to coach the team when it played at Northwestern on Tuesday. He is scheduled to return to the team for its Atlantic Coast Conference opener Sunday at home against Georgia Tech.

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