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Boston Settles Lawsuit Over 7-Year-Old Boy's 2016 Drowning For $5 Million

The family of Kyzr Willis stands with lawyers during a press conference in September 2017. The family announced they have settled a lawsuit with the city of Boston in the little boy's death. (Steve Brown/WBUR)
The family of Kyzr Willis stands with lawyers during a press conference in September 2017. The family announced they have settled a lawsuit with the city of Boston in the little boy's death. (Steve Brown/WBUR)
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The city of Boston has settled a lawsuit with the family of a 7-year-old boy who drowned while attending a city-run summer camp for $5 million.

A lawyer for the family of Kyzr Willis announced the settlement Tuesday, saying it was finalized with the city April 6.

Kyzr Willis (Courtesy of Boston Police)
Kyzr Willis (Courtesy of Boston Police)

Kyzr drowned in July 2016 while attending a drop-in program at the South Boston community center. His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit, saying staff members failed to give Kyzr a life jacket as required by state law.

He could not swim.

Kyzr's mother, Melissa Willis, says they plan to use the settlement to create a scholarship and foundation in her son's name.

A spokeswoman for Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh says it's policy not to discuss legal settlements.

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