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.

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

  1. sikEs

    im a 7 layER burriTO & boMBINg….hA hA hA

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  3. Mr Brookins

    Raymond Washington is God and every one know slobs in LA is down to 60 or 50 street gangs and when the 300Crip Gangs Ride out we gona bring all you noggas to hell!!! No more slobs and no more whites,3laccs,mexicans, and spanish people we will begin phase 2 when we kill illuminati and the government!!!



  5. DAMu

    time 2 cum out kID…..

  6. DAMu

    murDA oN WAX

  7. DAMu

    wanna play gun tag BLaCk…..

  8. DAMu

    ding dong nigga

  9. 5ticky

    fuck em both may they rest in piss it blood gang alday we got east and west on lock

  10. Bigsexy

    do what the whites want off your peers and go to prison or die. true idiots. i did the gag think never killed no body.

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  12. 5th street

    italy’s nuTS…..

  13. LOC RICO

    102 Raymond Avenue

  14. g

    The war between crips and bloods has been going on for more then 40 years. u crackers can stop war all over the world but cant stop it in our very own country. the reason being is bc yal fucks are afraid of a young black man with a gun. u rather we kill each other then to try to stop it.

  15. rico

    I pray one day you stupid niggas get it. Hate your kind, tske from your kind this the new method of slavery= dead or in jail with a few that slip through the crack. (Equivalent of house niggas) yall playing into the cracka’s hands. Glorifying bullshit I hope all y’all under the age of 10.

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  17. bsal

    Cslip has some unique grammar. What does “resource more” mean exactly? Police urselves, govern urselves,i guess it doesnt mean spelling or educate urselves. Making a living the best way you know how….hmmm i guess thats why you dont own anything urselves or have respect for anything including “urselves”. Every other minority group that came to this country found a way to take care of themselves, educate and protect themselves, then get the hell outta the ghetto. Without killing each other. Blacks are the only group who havent been able to solve this problem. They dont understand the simplest of things. Whats the purpose of a belt? If it doesnt hold your pants up? You would rather walk around having to use 1 hand to hold up your pants and keep them from falling off your stupid ass. The world would be a better place if they could learn how to hold and fire a handgun. Aiming it sideways is stupid and inaccurate. Just like everything else, you wont take the time to learn anything properly. Do me a favor and learn how to read so i dont have to wait in line behind you at burger king while you ask how much each item costs even though prices are clearly marked. One more thing…what has 6 balls and screws black people? The lottery. Is that enough “resource” fo yo ass. Shit for brains animal. Im glad jews and koreans own everything in your neighborhoods. They are the only ones who can tolerate your behavior. They wont be there long bc like everyone else except you, they have a plan to get out of their disadvantaged situation. They will exploit your stupidity until there is no more money to make then move. Then a black owner will probably buy the place and go out of business within 2 years bc they have no clue how to take care of anything. Or they will get robbed or shot by one of their own kind. Great way to “take care of things the best you can”. FYI, thats your problem…your best isnt even close to good enough. Just look at the whole continent of Africa…its a disaster.

    • Cheryl

      Africa is run by white people, probably why it’s so screwed up. I mean, look at our country; it’s always been run by white folks and look at the shape it’s in. Bigots such as yourself fascinate me; you run your mouth incessantly, giving your teeny-tiny minded, uneducated opinion, talking about things you clearly know less than nothing about, just so that you can bash an entire race. What’s wrong Skippy, did your girlfriend dump you for a black guy? Did you try to write a rap song and it didn’t work out for ya? Do you constantly get dunked on when you play ball? Seriously “bsal”, first of all you’re insulting someone’s spelling yet you wrote your post in teenage text-speak! It’s not “urselves” it’s “yourselves”; it’s not “bc” it’s “because”, unless, of course, you’re (not “ur”) an overgrown child writing your (again, not “ur”) post from mommy and daddy’s basement which you refer to as “ur apartment!” Second, the sagging pants thing is a fashion statement born in prison, not black neighborhoods. There are many, many, many white boys walking around with their asses hanging out too and if you would come up out of the basement (oops, I mean “ur apartment”) for more than a run to the store for more beer, you would know that. And last, I live in a predominantly white neighborhood (I’m of mixed race, by the way) and there are an awful lot of trailer parks with an awful lot of really poor white people that don’t seem to have found their way out of their “disadvantaged” situation, either. Interesting footnote, there are a lot of black homeowners here too, within blocks of trailer-land! Hmmm. Now what do you make of that? You know what else? Even with all these black folks out here running around owning businesses, buying homes, and raising families we have one of the lowest crime rates in the US. Grow up, whoever you are, and if you can’t think of something else to do with your life other than write posts that confirm not only your lack of intelligence, but your lack of humanity as well, then at least stick with subjects with which you are familiar, such as beer and NASCAR. Thanks!

  18. Crazy Cuzz

    R.I.P. OG Raymond much luv…

  19. Crazy Cuzz

    R.I.P. OG Tookie cuzz Much luv

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  21. Reyyaal peh, phe, phe PPOOEETT Dropin' Hard Truth

    Since you was born not in place X, but Y
    You done be joined Y’s gang by Junior High,
    You done be shot dem X’s gang, dem must die
    Because the street thayy parents birthed dem lie
    If hizz parents done mooved near, din he done ride
    Fo’ yoau’ self, rep yooww set (since not he died.)

  22. Reyyaal peh phe, phe PPOOEETT Dropin' Hard Truth

    Since you was born not in place X, but Y
    you done be joined Y’s-gang by junior high
    You done be shot them X-gang; them must die
    Because the street theyy parents birthed dem lie
    If hiz parents done moved right, din he done ride
    Fo’ youw self, rep youw set, since not he died.

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