East Side Crips

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Raymond Lee Washington, Co-Founder of the East Side Crips


The East Side Crips were the first ever Crip gang to form in East Los Angeles, California during the late 1960s. [[Raymond Lee Washington, the founder and leader of this group, grew up on 76th Street in East Los Angeles near Fremont High School (an area now inhabited by both the 76 East Coast Crips and Florencia 13). It was in 1969 when Washington organized several neighborhood kids in a clique called the "Baby Avenues" (aka the "Avenue Cribs"). The Baby Avenues wanted to emulate a gang of older youths called the "Avenue Boys." The Avenue Boys, whose territory was on Central Avenue in East Los Angeles, had been involved in gang activity since 1964. The Baby Avenues then began using the name "Avenue Cribs," in reference to the gang members' relative youth. By late 1971 the Cribs where being referred to as the "Crips" by mainstream media and their reputation around Los Angeles grew. It was around this time when Washington met Stanley "Tookie" Williams, who lived in West Los Angeles, and recruited him into the Crips (he would found a gang called the Westside Crips). In 1999, Alex Alonso published a detailed history on the Crips in Territoriality Among African American Street Gangs in Los Angeles which in 2000 inspired the documentary, Lords of the Mafia (aka Gangsta King) which tells the story of how the Crips formed in Los Angeles. Raymond Lee Washington was killed on August 9, 1979 at the age of 25 on the corner of 64th and San Pedro Streets in Los Angeles, five months after Tookie Williams was arrested for quadruple murder. No one was was ever arrested in Washington's murder. Gangs whose roots can be traced back directly to the original East Side Crips include the East Coast Crips and the 43 Gangster Crips.