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.

77 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 kED BY HOOVAS DATS WHY 52HGC STILL CRIPPIN

  3. itaLiAn mafiA

    hovies home

  4. whatchamacallit

    whooz hoovie ghoST

  5. whatchamacallit

    $187

    • 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.

      187 187 187 f f do dat fo mo lulu crip crip. understand?

      great. now go rip your vocal chords out.

  6. skaters

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  7. shInE

    a steel fence

  8. deuce 5150

    everybody know hoova”s ked him
    thats y ecc stay k-ing 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 k 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 k 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.

    • KeezR60NHC

      Nawll da cowards is these weak blank police k-ingg folks who ain armed guy kno wat da I dont like dey getting into wen dey come home so all y’all I dont like guys need to shut da I dont like up speaking on ish dat don’t concern y’all H60D C.I.P to all da homies dats gone

    • gang

      exactly. at least when gangs k each other they’re both armed. still, profile of a total coward.

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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 k 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 k 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

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  25. 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 k illuminati and the government!!!

  26. ANGEL WARRIOR

    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……………..

  27. DAMu

    time 2 cum out kID…..

  28. DAMu

    murDA oN WAX

  29. DAMu

    wanna play gun tag BLaCk…..

  30. DAMu

    ding dong guy

  31. 5ticky

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

  32. Bigsexy

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

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  34. 5th street

    italy’s nuTS…..

  35. LOC RICO

    102 Raymond Avenue

  36. g

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

  37. rico

    I pray one day you stupid guys 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 guys) yall playing into the cracka’s hands. Glorifying bullish I hope all y’all under the age of 10.

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  39. 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 k-ingg 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 blank. 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 blank. ish 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 blankes 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!

  40. Crazy Cuzz

    R.I.P. OG Raymond much luv…

  41. Crazy Cuzz

    R.I.P. OG Tookie cuzz Much luv

  42. cKraBBsTxMPIN'882

    FxCK cKraBBS ON DENVER LANEZ!

  43. 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.)

  44. 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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