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.

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  3. Mount ralph on said:

    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 on said:

      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..

  4. 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!!!!!!

  5. 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.

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

  7. Stock Loc on said:

    Crips aint as stupid as you think we are.

  8. 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

  9. MY shotgUN coKE & midnigHT rUNZ…….

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  13. mactt lo on said:

    Rough

  14. Mr Brookins on said:

    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!!!

  15. ANGEL WARRIOR on said:

    WOW!!!! STUPID IS AT A HIGH LEVEL IN THIS neck of da woods……..SO I WILL ONLY SAY…….. COME TO THE LIGHT……GB FOOLS…….IT’S TIME 4A CHANGE……..U WERE CREATED FOR A REASON AND THIS AIN’T IT…….TIME TO TAKE TO THE SKY ON A NATURAL HIGH……LOVIN YOU TIL THE DAY YOU DIE……..PEACE TO ALL YOU GANG BANGIN FOOLS…….YOU STILL GOT TIME TO MAKE IT RIGHT……………..

  16. DAMu on said:

    time 2 cum out kID…..

  17. DAMu on said:

    murDA oN WAX

  18. DAMu on said:

    wanna play gun tag BLaCk…..

  19. DAMu on said:

    ding dong nigga

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

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  22. Bigsexy on said:

    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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  24. 5th street on said:

    italy’s nuTS…..

  25. LOC RICO on said:

    102 Raymond Avenue

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