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The arrest and trial of Larry Davis, arrested after a 1986 shootout with the NYPD, drew national interest and ignited racial tensions in New York City.
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Two years later, Davis was convicted of second-degree murder, felony murder, and attempted robbery for the August 5, 1986 murder of Bronx crack dealer Raymond Vizcaino. He was sentenced to 25 years to life for his crimes.
While in prison, Davis changed his name to Adam Abdul Hakeem. He was also involved in a number of incidents during his incarceration, receiving more than 70 disciplinary citations. In 2004, Davis became an inmate at the Shawangunk Correctional Facility. He was in the prison's yard with several other inmates on the evening of February 20 when he got into a fight with Luis Rosado, a convicted murderer. Brandishing a nine-inch shank, Rosado stabbed Davis numerous times. Davis succumbed to his injuries a short time later.
"He was a complex man who did many violent and bad things," explained attorney Ronald Kuby who had helped with Davis's defense. "When he became a symbol of resistance in New York in the 1980s, he became a black folk hero, an urban legend, because he fought back at a time when African Americans were being killed by white police officers," he told The New York Times.
After his death, his daughter Larrima Davis established the Larry Davis Foundation. His story was also featured on an episode of American Gangster, which aired on the BET cable network.
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