Initially starting with the name 18th Street, the group began as a small Mexican-American gang after splitting from the Clanton 14 gang. The group purportedly formed in the area of 18th Street and Union Avenue in the Rampart District of Los Angeles, California, and gained particular notoriety for its role in the 1992 Rodney King riots. The group grew its size by expanding its membership to other nationalities and races, making it one of the first multi-racial, multi-ethnic gangs in Los Angeles. Upon allowing other ethnicities to join and the occurrence of a mass exodus of Salvadorans who fled the conditions following the El Salvadoran Civil War, the group quickly transformed from a Mexican-American gang to a Central American gang. Many members were arrested in the United States and deported back to their respective home countries and the from there, the gang seemingly became out of control and rose to different levels of violence. However, while…
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