A neighborhood rivalry resulted in a Fifth Street member dead and a rival Seventh Street shooter spending up to 50 years behind bars.
At age 18, Tariq Maven and two others gunned down Akiem Smith, 19, in his Cadillac DeVille at 10:36 p.m. July, 19, 2010 on the 500 block of Pierce Street.
“They basically ambushed him when he was in his car and opened fire,” Assistant District Attorney Lorraine Donnelly said Wednesday.
Maven pled guilty Nov. 30 to third-degree murder, conspiracy of murder and carrying a firearm without a license, for which he will serve 25 to 50 years at Montgomery County’s Graterford State Prison and must pay Smith’s $5,000 in funeral expenses, according to court records.
The hostility between the two stemmed from Smith, a resident of the 1300 block of Fourth Street, being involved with the Fifth Street gang while Maven, a resident of the 500 block of Pierce Street, being a part of the Seventh Street gang.
“That summer in 2010, there had been multiple shootings going back and forth, and this had been in retaliation.” Donnelly said.
While Maven turned himself in to police four months after gunning down Smith and pled guilty to the crime, he did not express remorse in court.
“He did not apologize to the family,” Donnelly said. “He did obviously accept responsibility for his crime.”
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