San Diego gangs: Lomas, Red Steps, Crips, Oriental Killer Boys

Plus Danny Dean Wilson of North County, Vicente, Huero, and a meditation at Holy Cross Cemetery by Junior Garcia

Speedy Claims Lomas, the Law Claims Speedy “Me and my homeboys were hanging around the hood [neighborhood] when some of my homegirls came up and told us they wanted to jump out [the gang ritual ...

Anywhere you looked around Otay, Chula, National, you’d find charred vatos

Someone shot my nephew in the head and set him on fire

As I drove through the small maze of ramps leading from 805 to Holy Cross Cemetery, I realized again how much San Diego has changed. On every corner of the intersection, facing every possible direction ...

Cambodians, Lao, Viet gangs terrorize Crawford, Horace Mann, Gompers, Lincoln, Kearny High School, Linda Vista

Bulletproof Buddhists

“They like to carry the 9mm handgun,” Officer Roy moody says. He's talking about Lao and Cambodian gang kids. “And, of course, they do like the semi automatic rifles like AK-47s, even though we haven't ...

Gangs of San Diego beaches

P.B. Vermin, Zodiacs, O.B Rats, Coronado White Boys, Tuna Boys

Most come from broken homes. The younger ones live either on their own or with their grandparents. The older ones don’t have permanent homes; they stay with friends.

Explanation of a San Diego Southside boy

We would hang on 30th Street by a little fence

I really didn’t like the other gang. They were weak. They let people push them around. We could go kick back in their park, and they wouldn’t say nothing about it. Anyone could go to their park.

Red Steps-Lomas rivalry claims victim in Chicano Park

Huero walks

Since Logan is the largest Hispanic gang, it is frequently challenged by smaller gangs. According to the testimony of a Red Steps homeboy (gang member), the gang is currently fighting with at least six other local Hispanic street gangs.

A Golden Hill homeboy gets ready to do some time.

Speedy claims Lomas, the Law claims Speedy

“We walked down the street to the car,” he said, drawing me a diagram to show where it had been parked on Glendale Avenue on the other side of E Street. “But my hand started hurting.”

The last days of Encinitas' Danny Dean Wilson

Requiem for a rebel

In relationships of all kinds, Danny liked to stir things up. “You’d be sitting there listening to the radio and he’d pick it up and throw it past your head,” said someone who knew him only slightly. ‘

Lost In Logan Heights

Saint Augustine student ends up sniffing paint

He could get arrested for beating up kids he never saw before. He could spend a week in the National City Jail for shoplifting a can of spray paint. He could join the Marines.

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