Rikers Island inmate, 37 others charged in stray bullet shooting of Bronx teen Vada Vasquez
BY Rob Sgobbo and Rich Schapiro
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
Originally Published:Friday, June 4th 2010, 2:16 PM
Updated: Saturday, June 5th 2010, 2:38 AM
A Rikers Island inmate was charged Friday with ordering the hit that left innocent teenager Vada Vasquez with a bullet in her head.
As part of a sweeping bust of 38 reputed gangbangers, Darrell Joe, 23, was slapped with three counts of conspiracy - a development Vada's relatives welcomed.
"I'm happy [he's] going to be served justice, but it doesn't take back what happened," said Vada's mom, Gemma, who said her daughter still has slurred speech and memory problems.
Bronx prosecutors say Joe was embroiled in a jailhouse beef when he commanded fellow Bloods to execute Tyrone Creighton, the brother of a rival gang member.
In a series of phone calls before the Nov. 16 shooting, Joe told his fellow gangbangers to "locate and murder Tyrone Creighton" and obtain "a firearm from anywhere possible," the 160-count indictment says.
Vada, 15, was shot in the head after 16-year-old Carvett Gentles opened fire on Creighton on a crowded Bronx street, cops say. She remained in a coma for days, but survived and was home in time for Christmas.
Creighton was struck once in the back and once in the shoulder but was not seriously injured.
Gentles and four cronies already charged in the shooting were hit with additional charges Friday, including conspiracy and gang assault.
All five pleaded not guilty.
"It's a good thing what the police are doing," said Vada's father, Victor Vasquez. "It means that they're keeping the city safe."
Joe, who was jailed last year on attempted murder charges, also directed drug deals and discussed tactics to murder one of his enemies, the indictment says.
Prosecutors say the 38 suspects were part of a trio of brutal gangs locked in a drug-dealing turf war.
All but six of the suspects were in custody Friday.
Thug charged in Vada Vasquez stray bullet shooting accused of Rikers beatdown
BY Brendan Brosh
DAILY NEWS WRITER
Wednesday, July 7th 2010, 4:00 AM
Clivie Smith is at Rikers awaiting trial on an attempted murder charge.
The gang member charged in the shooting of an innocent Bronx honor student is now being accused of breaking a model Rikers Island inmate's nose and eye socket.
Clivie Smith, 20, was one of four inmates who jumped Sean Fincher May 27 and gave him a jail-cell beatdown, according to a suit filed by the injured inmate.
Smith is at Rikers awaiting trial on an attempted murder charge stemming from a Nov. 16 gang shootout in which 15-year-old Vada Vasquez was caught in the crossfire and hit in the back of the head by an errant bullet.
The incident sparked citywide outrage as the Bronx Latin School honor student laid in a coma for days and cops rounded up Smith and four other thugs.
Fincher claims Smith and three gang members beat and hassled him over his jailhouse job as a suicide prevention aide, a plum assignment given to model inmates.
"Are you going to give up the job?" Smith asked Fincher, according to the victim's lawsuit.
Fincher slapped the city and Correction Department Commissioner Dora Schriro with a Bronx Supreme Court suit accusing them of allowing "gang activity to flourish in the city's jails."
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