Bronx gang member sentenced to life in prison for 2011 murder

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A Bronx gang member was sentenced Monday to life in prison for the 2011 murder of Bolivia Beck.

According to the investigation, Kareem Davis, 32, shot and killed Beck at the Millbrook Houses as he was aiming for Beck’s boyfriend, a rival gang member, but struck Beck instead. Davis was a member of Killbrook, a violent street gang based in the “Down the Block” section of the Mill Brook Houses. Since at least 2007, Killbrook had been engaged in a violent rivalry with “MBG,” a gang based in the “Up the Block” section of Mill Brook.

On the night of April 18, 2011, Davis and his brother planned to kill a rival MBG member as part of the broader gang rivalry. Davis and his brother, each armed with a gun, walked “Up the Block” in Mill Brook looking for their target, who was standing next to Beck and introducing her to his grandparents. At that point, they began shooting, firing at least 12 shots from their guns. Tragically, Beck was struck by one of the bullets and killed.

“What should have been a happy moment ended in tragedy, when she was shot by Kareem Davis,” said U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss. “For his role in this horrific and senseless act of violence, Davis will now spend the rest of his life in a federal prison. We extend our deepest condolences to the members of Bolivia’s family. We thank our partners at the NYPD, who worked to achieve this measure of justice for Bolivia and her family. This office remains committed to investigating and prosecuting gang violence and seeking justice for all victims of violent crime.”

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