Raymond Lee Washington, the founder of the Crips, member of the Baby Avenues

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Raymond Washington from a 1974 police mug shot

Raymond Lee Washington grew up on 76th Street on the East Side of Los Angeles near Fremont High School and is the founder of what would later be known as the Crips. It was in 1969 when Washington organized several neighborhood kids in a click called the Baby Avenues (aka Avenue Cribs). By late 1971 the Cribs where being referred to as the Crips and their reputation around Los Angeles grew. It was around this time when Washington met Stanley Tookie Williams, who lived on the westside and recruited him into the 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, five months after Tookie Williams was arrested for quadruple murder. No one was was ever arrested in Washington’s murder.

An article about Raymond Washington was published in issue #5 of Allhood Magazine.

73 Comments for “Raymond Lee Washington, the founder of the Crips, member of the Baby Avenues”

  1. […] Raymond Lee Washington, the founder of the Crips, Crips, member of the Baby Avenues […]

  2. KREAM CLICC GANG

    DIS MAN WAS KILLED BY HOOVAS DATS WHY 52HGC STILL CRIPPIN

  3. itaLiAn mafiA

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  4. whatchamacallit

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  5. whatchamacallit

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    • gang

      is that how much money you paid for your last crack fix or just one more reference to the code for murder? wait, sorry let me talk your talk.

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  7. shInE

    a steel fence

  8. deuce 5150

    everybody know hoova”s killed him
    thats y ecc stay killin them snoovas

    i dont like orange anyway

    slap a snoova all day

  9. Nice! Great article! Thank you.

  10. c.r.i.p. to my original east side crip raymond lee washington….. this east side 76 east coast crips…. … 76street. is where raymond washington first started the !crips! on the east side of south central l.a. east side up!

  11. Just want to live

    You gangsters are all weak if you want to kill just enlist in the military. You guys are not men`s you were raised by your mother`s only so you don`t know anything about being men`s. All of you can`t read or write so it`s not your fault you say gangsters only know about white t-shirts and cars. But you wait your time will come soon many of you have kids so you wait and see what the outcome will be for them.

    • Desert Angel

      Well it is natural selection at its best. Totally agree JT. I came from the “projects” and I pushed my way out. I now make six figures…lets face it gang bangers provides a service. Police Officers continue to be employed. Medical workers get over time and gain knowledge on how to treat gun shot wounds that can be used to treat our Nations real hero’s. ATF will continue to be employed because of them….I lost my son to the neanderthal way of life…I think everyone should be tried as terrorist!

  12. mj

    These thuggish idiots are all cowards. It don’t take guts to kill an innocent unarmed person that’s why they DON’T enlist I the military , cos the other guys have guns too and shoot back.,.bunch of pussies.

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  16. Mount ralph

    Tookie did start the west side crips don’t get it twisted, Raymonds work was on the east side, west side till I die !

    Territory ? Five Duce Hoova. Affiliation ? None.

    I try to love way more than I hate .

    • JThompson

      May you all continue to kill your people by the hundreds..bless you all..maybe if we are lucky, you dudes will blast each other out of existence..we, the honest people in LA, can only hope..

  17. gang

    this guy and tookie and all you stupid retard crips mofos ruined the black community. may you all die and burn in hell FOREVER.

    • judge not yest u b judged urself!we aint as stupid as u think !we rmakin a livin the best way we know how were a fam we police urselves ,govern urselves an take care of urselves an ur fam !!!!!were fathers an mothers justlike u azzholes that talk about us !!!resource more before u open ur mouth an show people just how stupid u really r!!!!!!

  18. gang

    does anyone else see the kind of mentally challenged look this dude’s got goin on? he’s seriously got some neurological disorder, just judging a book by its cover. i just know when you got that low a forehead, it doesn’t bode well for your brain size….. just sayin… personal experience.

  19. Cuzzo

    It iz what it is get off it and get what they was on one big crip ship kill the set trip!!! C-Establised

  20. Stock Loc

    Crips aint as stupid as you think we are.

  21. i cant believe so many have a say on somethingthey know nothing about !but then again when ur cybering u can sayanything go on the streetsof cpt and find 1 of us and say this and see if u can talk w/o wires n ur mouth 4 the next 6 to 8 wks!!!!CRIPPIN TILL I DIE AND THEY PLACE A BLUE FLAG ACROSS MY CASKET

  22. sikEs

    MY shotgUN coKE & midnigHT rUNZ…….

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