October 9, 1997 |
The Bloods may have won the South Philadelphia "turf war" that resulted in two deaths and several injuries on May 28, but the Crips won the battle in the courtroom. Two frightened teen-agers took the Fifth Amendment yesterday, refusing to implicate four reputed Crips gang members charged in one of the killings. So, after a six-hour preliminary hearing, Municipal Judge Felice Rowley Stack dismissed murder, conspiracy and aggravated assault charges against the four, holding two for court on weapons charges.
September 10, 1997 |
The Bloods wear red, the Crips blue. But on May 28, both street gangs showed their true colors when they engaged in a violent "turf war" at a South Philadelphia intersection, said the prosecutor. Police say some of the members of both drug gangs are killers. Assistant District Attorney Judith Frankel Rubino said Phila Phoeung, 13, a wannabe Crip, was kicked, beaten and stabbed to death as he fled the violence at 7th Street and Moyamensing Avenue. Blood member Hoang Son, 17, died after being shot in the back.
September 25, 1999 |
The trial focused on the violent "turf war" between two South Philadelphia street gangs that left two dead and several injured on May 28, 1997. It was a brutal battle between the Crips and the Bloods. There were no winners. Both sides suffered casualities, said Assistant District Attorney Judith Frankel Rubino. Killed were Phila Phoeung, 13, a Crips wannabe, and Bloods member Hoang Son, 17. Phoeung was stabbed more than 16 times. Son was fatally shot after the battle that involved about 50 youths started near 7th Street and Moyamensing Avenue and spread through the neighborhood shortly after 9 p.m. This week, a jury returned third-degree murder verdicts for the Phoeung killing against Bloods members Sam Bath "Breaker" Chung, 19, of Mountain Street near 5th; Vorn "Sam" Bon, 22, of 7th Street near Wolf, and Samnang "Ghetto" Yin, 20, of the same area.
March 17, 1997 |
NEW YORK Cops eye Crips in rappers' death The Crips, a violent street gang with roots in Los Angeles, is under investigation in the deaths of rappers Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., Time magazine reported. Las Vegas police believe a member of the Crips was responsible for the Sept. 7 drive-by shooting of Shakur, 25, near the Las Vegas Strip, Time said in its latest issue due out this week. Crips hired as bodyguards are under investigation in the March 9 drive-by killing in Los Angeles of the Notorious B.I.G.
April 8, 2010 |
A Pennsauken teenager and nine others allegedly attacked a Burlington County couple while as many as 10 people watched, cleaned the murder scene, and buried the bodies after the gang-related slayings, an attorney said Wednesday. The teenager, Keenan Wideman, 17, a member of the Bloods street gang, appeared Wednesday in juvenile court in Camden, where a judge ruled that he would be tried as an adult in the February slayings of Michael Hawkins, 23, and his girlfriend, Muriah Ashley Huff, 18. Wideman could face life in prison as an adult, rather than 20 years as a juvenile.
October 19, 2009
IT'S TRULY sad to see columnist Stu Bykofsky use the Blood vs. Crips analogy for the Phils-Dodgers series. Where's the respect for families who have had loved ones killed in gang violence? I've seen firsthand how gangs can torment neighborhoods with their thuggery, resulting in the deaths of innocent victims gunned down just because they happened to be in the wrong place at the time of a shootout. Next time, take the advice from your peers and choose another way to dramatize the Phillies' chances of winning another World Series.
September 11, 1997 |
They put the fear of death in him. They got to the 15-year-old key witness against members of two South Philadelphia street gangs and told him he would die if he talked. Yesterday, when called to testify at a preliminary hearing for four members of the Crips gang, the boy told Municipal Judge Felice Rowley Stack that he has been warned that either he or his family will probably be killed if he talks. The four are charged with the murder of a 17-year-old member of the Bloods gang during a "turf war" at 7th Street and Moyamensing Avenue on May 28. On Tuesday, the teen-ager's testimony helped persuade Stack to hold four members of the Bloods for trial for killing a 13-year-old Crips wannabe.
July 21, 2006
RE THE LETTER by Chief of Detectives Joseph Fox ("Judges Missing in the Fight Against Violence," July 18): As a retired Philadelphia judge, I feel compelled to set the record straight with this very distinguished detective and for Daily News readers. Fox's thesis appears to be blame the judges of Philadelphia for gun violence because criminals do not spend enough time in prison. While no one can be certain that length of prison sentences has anything to do with the current rash of homicides, I do know that sentences imposed by the judges in Philadelphia have been more severe.
May 29, 1997 |
Two teen-agers were shot to death last night in South Philadelphia in what police said may have been a turf war between two Asian gangs. At about 9:15 p.m., three or four males in a black Pontiac Grand Am opened fire on a group of males on the corner of 7th Street and Moyamensing Avenue, police said. Two youths and a 20-year-old man were hit by the hail of gunfire and staggered into two homes on Moyamensing near 7th. A 13-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene.
March 31, 2014 |
THE LOS ANGELES Police Department has never accused DeSean Jackson of being a gang member. And the NFL star, who was unceremoniously dumped yesterday by the Eagles, swears he's never been one. But LA detectives were interested in the wide receiver's ties to reputed members of the Crips when they investigated separate gang-related homicides in 2011 and 2012. "It's kind of like 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,' " LAPD Homicide Det. Chris Barling told the Daily News yesterday.