TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Devard Darling said his family can finally feel closure after the Florida Legislature passed a bill on Tuesday to compensate his parents $1.8 million for the death of his twin brother, Devaughn Darling, a Florida State football player who died during team drills.
The bill's passage comes more than 16 years after Devaughn Darling's death. It's been nearly 13 years since Florida State agreed to the cash settlement, but Florida law prohibits the university from paying more than $200,000 without legislative authorization.
"It is something we have been looking forward to for a long time," Devard Darling said. "My mom has wanted to see this all the way through. Finally we can move on."