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October 9, 1997 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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September 10, 1997 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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September 25, 1999 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 17, 1997 | Daily News wire services
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.
NEWS
April 8, 2010 | By Barbara Boyer and Darran Simon INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 11, 1997 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 29, 1997 | by Mark Angeles, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
March 31, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
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.
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March 31, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It's easy for Chip Kelly now, just as it was easy for Andy Reid in those early halcyon days when he was a young head coach with the unyielding belief that his way was the only way. Step out of line, the men come and take you away. That's a line from the Buffalo Springfield song "For What It's Worth," and it's the way every NFL coach would like to run his team, especially in the beginning, when they are establishing their desired culture. I'm quite sure it was not the song on DeSean Jackson's iPod when the Eagles called Friday to tell their star wide receiver he had been released.
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March 31, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
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.
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March 30, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
DID THE EAGLES act responsibly yesterday, in moving to protect their locker room, their brand, and the team-first culture coach Chip Kelly is trying to build? Or did they panic, reacting to innuendo and conjecture, needlessly weakening a team on the verge of serious Super Bowl contention? We might not know the answer until the 2014 season is over. If that season ends with DeSean Jackson making his fourth Pro Bowl, in a new city, having engendered no further hint of off-the-field troubles, the conclusion will be that the Birds panicked.
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March 30, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
DeSean Jackson didn't change; the Eagles did when Chip Kelly became head coach. The Eagles knew about Jackson's alleged gang connections, his problems with authority, and his locker-room dramas long before Friday, when they released the wide receiver. They knew what they were getting when they drafted him in 2008. So for the team to imply that his off-the-field behavior or an NJ.com report that detailed his alleged connection to reputed members of the Los Angeles-based Crips gang had anything to do with the wide receiver's release would be disingenuous.
NEWS
October 6, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden County judge on Friday vacated a two-year-old plea deal for a gang leader who refused to honor his agreement to testify against fellow defendants in a gang-related double homicide. Kuasheim Powell received a 30-year sentence for each murder count in the deaths of Michael Hawkins, 23, and Muriah Huff, 18, on Feb. 22, 2010, in Camden, and a 20-year sentence on each of two unrelated attempted-murder charges from Pennsauken the previous day. The sentences were to run currently, meaning Powell received 30 years - the minimum for a murder conviction in New Jersey - for all the crimes.
NEWS
October 3, 2012 | By Tom Hays, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Police investigating two gangs called the Very Cripsy Gangsters and the Rockstarz didn't need to spend all their time pounding the pavement for leads. Instead, they fired up their computers and followed the trash talk on Facebook. "Rockstarz up 3-0," one suspect boasted - a reference to the body count from a bloody turf war between the Brooklyn gangs that ultimately resulted in 49 arrests last month. Authorities in New York say a new generation of gang members is increasingly using social media to boast of their exploits and issue taunts and challenges that result in violence.
NEWS
November 5, 2011 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden man has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in connection with the torture killing last year of a 23-year-old rival gang member in Camden. Lance Fulton, 21, entered the guilty plea Thursday in Superior Court in Camden County, the county Prosecutor's Office said. Fulton admitted kicking and punching Michael Hawkins during the Feb. 21, 2010, assault in a house on the 500 block of Berkley Street. Fulton also admitted holding Hawkins down while others assaulted him. According to authorities, Fulton said the group believed Hawkins, of Mount Holly, had stolen liquor from the home of another defendant in the case.
NEWS
October 15, 2011 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Earl Huff could hardly contain his anger in court. To his right was the man who had pleaded guilty to being part of a gang that had killed his niece. To his left was the prosecutor who had agreed to a plea deal that would spare the defendant a possible life term. Huff said he had to resist the urge to put his hands on the murder defendant. But he also took aim on Friday at Assistant Camden County Prosecutor Mary Alison Albright. "You let us down," he said, turning to her. "You made that deal.
NEWS
April 8, 2010 | By Barbara Boyer and Darran Simon INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
March 17, 2010 | By Mike Newall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After a nearly two-week search that concluded in California, authorities arrested yesterday a New Jersey man who they believe is a central figure in the torture slayings of a young couple found buried behind a Camden rowhouse last month. Kuasheim Powell, 24, who was arrested in Long Beach, Calif., was charged in the killings of Michael Hawkins, 23, and Muriah Ashley Huff, 18, on the afternoon of Feb. 22 in his home on the 500 block of Berkley Street in Camden. Powell is the 10th person to be charged with murder in connection with the killings.
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