Here is a photo of Yakima's latest homicide victims, both were shot to death near the Naches River on August 6th.  Their killer Lameiro E. Flores has been arrested and charged in both their murders.
 
 
It's been a busy month for me trying to keep on top of all the gang related news this month.  Honestly I'm falling a bit behind.. Trying to juggle work, family and keeping up with the website takes a lot out of me.  I have a lot of ideas for the website, I hope I can get to them all.  Here is a little rundown of what's been going on.

  • In the past month I've taken over 100 gang graffiti photos in Yakima, Portland, Longview, Centralia, and Bellevue.  Check out my Flickr page to view all of them.
  • Tracking down info on the latest homicide in Seattle (14th of the year).  On 5/16/12, Courtney "Indoe" Taylor was shot and killed on Rainier Avenue South.  He was a member of "Down Wit The Crew".  You can check out photos of him on his REVERBNATION page.
  • I got a new photo from the W/S 18th Street gang in Walla Walla, WA.  It was taken after the funeral for their fallen home boy Cesar "Lil Grumpy" Chavira.  He was shot and killed during a burglary.  (See photo below)
  • I still would like to get the Montana gang listing back online.  If you can contribute any info on gangs in Montana please send me a email at, northwestgangs@gmail.com

That's about all for now.  If something comes up, I'll be sure to check in here.

-Brad-


 
 
Hey everyone, a lot of different things going on this past week.  The City of Yakima reported their 2nd gang homicide of the year.  A "South Side Familia 13" gang member was shot and killed over the weekend.  Also I've been following a gang story out of Eugene, Oregon.  I guess two rival gangs "West Side Piru" and "S/S Playboys 13" were involved in some potential gun play.

I'm really hoping I can get out and take graffiti photos this Saturday.  My target area will be Tacoma-Lakewood, and Federal Way.  Then in about 2 weeks I'm going to try my best to make it out to Grant County.  That all depends on weather conditions and my car. 

Anyways thanks for following and check back later!

-Brad
 
 
Today I posted the Yakima gang page!  Check out the website for more updates in the future.  Also I'm following up on a shooting in Wapato, it seems like it was done in retaliation to the homicide in Yakima on Friday.  Also down in Medford, Oregon they had a large gang brawl yesterday, one of the guys injured is the brother to a Norteno member that was murdered in June.  It's gonna be a busy summer!

-Brad-
 
 
I'm following up on several things this Sunday evening.  There has been 3 potential gang-related homicides in the past week.  I have came across little info on them.  Joaquin Serrano, 23 was shot and killed near Moses Lake on April 17th.  Shiloh Hampton, 14 was shot and killed in Portland on April 20th.  And then this past Friday, Adan Beltran, 25 was shot and killed in Quincy on April 22nd.  Someone said South Side Locos were arrested for Beltran's death.  

Also I just was in Yakima this weekend, and on Saturday night, two people were shot in La Raza gang territory.  I heard one was shot in the head, the other was shot in the back several times.  No updates on their condition as of now.

One last thing, be sure to check the Flickr page for my latest graffiti photos.  I found several "Doble Gang" tags this weekend.

-Brad-

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Yakima Herald-Republic
04/20/2011
By Mark Morey & David Lester


YAKIMA, Wash. -- The man who Mexican authorities say is a leader in a violent drug cartel responsible for the deaths of more than 200 people once lived in the Tieton area, friends and acquaintances said Tuesday.


The man, identified as 34-year-old Martin Omar Estrada Luna, was arrested Saturday by the Mexican navy. Several other suspected members of the Los Zetas drug cartel were also arrested.

Friends and acquaintances in the Yakima Valley say the man paraded before the Mexican media Sunday had plenty of run-ins with authorities here before being deported.

They and local law enforcement officials said Tuesday the Estrada they knew was headed for trouble at a young age. He dropped out of school and took up a life of crime.

"Martin made his own choices. He went where the streets took him," said to a close boyhood friend who works in Yakima and asked not to be identified.

Tieton police Chief Jeff Ketchum said he has known Estrada since Ketchem started working for the police department in 1994, about a year after Estrada started racking up his first criminal charges in juvenile court.

"I would label Martin as a career criminal. He got away with a lot of stuff. He got named in a lot of stuff, but you could never pin it on him," Ketchum said.

Mexican authorities arrested Estrada in a house Saturday in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of the state of Tamaulipas in northeastern Mexico. But both acquaintances and police officials question whether Estrada could have actually risen to a post as high in the cartel as Mexican authorities allege.

Mexican authorities, who put up a $1.2 million bounty for his arrest, said Estrada was one of the leaders of the Zetas' San Fernando cell, which they blame for killing more than 200 people found in mass graves in Tamaulipas.

Authorities there began uncovering bodies in mass graves in early April following reports that passengers were being pulled off buses at gunpoint in the township of San Fernando.

There has been speculation that the Zetas gang was forcibly recruiting extra members for its fight against the rival Gulf cartel over access to key drug trafficking routes into the United States.

As of last week, 145 bodies had been found in 26 graves. San Fernando is the same place where 72 Central and South American migrants were found slaughtered last August.

It was unclear when Estrada, who was last deported in 2009, would have built such strong ties to one of Mexico's leading drug gangs.

"I can't see it, but who knows? I don't know what the investigation part of it established. If they have that, who knows?" Ketchum said.

Local records show him falling into the gang life instead of making it to school with any sort of regularity.

Acquaintances said Estrada left the Highland School District well before he would have graduated in 1995. That year, he pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary in connection with the theft of a Ford Taurus from the school district. The sentencing judge ordered him not to have any contact with district schools as part of the plea.

Yakima County Superior Court records listed him as unemployed; the friend says Estrada supported himself in the drug trade.

Ketchum said Estrada openly admitted to being a gang member, and court records show "El Kilo" as his nickname in the 1990s. The friend said Estrada picked up the nickname from a fragment of a lyric in a rap song by the late rapper Eazy-E.

Besides the burglary charge, his adult felony convictions in Yakima County involved a burglary and for brandishing a knife in Tieton.

When he was sentenced in 2006 for an immigration violation, federal prosecutors pointed out that he had managed to amass 16 felony and misdemeanor convictions.

Records show he has multiple aliases, including Estrada-Delamora, the name he was charged under in federal court.

"Mr. Estrada-Delamora has not learned how to live in society without preying on others," an assistant U.S. attorney wrote in a request for a higher sentence. "To not convince him it is not in his best interests to not return to the United States is simply going to insure there are going to be additional victims of his criminal conduct."

Estrada was ultimately sentenced to 41 months for returning to the United States a third time after being deported twice before.

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday that he was deported in 2009 from Reno, Nev., after completing his sentence.

The ICE database shows no contact with Estrada since that last deportation.

However, the friend of Estrada said the last time they had contact, Estrada was living in Laredo, Texas, just across the border from Nuevo Laredo.

The friend said he encouraged Estrada to be a good person and to reconnect with his young daughters, who still live in the Yakima Valley.

Estrada's ex-wife, who also still lives in the Yakima area, declined to comment Tuesday. Other relatives could not be reached or did not respond to messages.

Regardless of his history and the accusations against him, the friend said Estrada had another side to him.

"He was a nice guy. He would let you borrow money, his car or his clothes," the man said. "He would let you stay at his house."

But he said Estrada always wanted to be a leader, not a follower.

Ketchum said he occasionally checked a MySpace account believed to be Estrada's. Pictures on that account show a heavily tattooed Estrada, consistent with the description remembered by Ketchum and a Yakima County sheriff's deputy who once arrested him.