BOSTON — 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 (KYE’-zuhr) Willis announced the settlement Tuesday, saying it was finalized with the city April 6.

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.


Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com

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