Eastside Varrio White Fence [WF, v. WF, Cerca Blanca / WF] is a predominately Hispanic-American street gang from the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles. It is considered one of the oldest and most respected neighborhoods in all of Los Angeles. It dates back to the late 1920s and they have been active in the same community for nearly 100 years. Their rivalry with El Hoyo Maravilla is the oldest gang rivalry in all of Southern California, and probably the entire United States. Their conflict pre-dates World War II and is still active today.
The gang was originally formed by young teens associated with the Catholic Church in the neighborhood. The gang was probably formed in 1925 when there was an influx of Mexican immigrants into Boyle Heights fleeing religious persecution in Mexico. Between 1926 and 1928, persecution in Mexico closed the churches and drove the priests into exile causing hundreds of families to settle in Boyle Heights, a predominately Jewish neighborhood at the time. The Mexican immigrants preserved their Catholic traditions and Father Cordero, one of the exiled Mexican priests, was named administrator of the Mission of Our Lady of Talpa. The first mass was celebrated on Ash Wednesday, 1927 and the first Baptism was recorded on October 27, 1928. It was the young boys of the families that attended this Catholic Church that formed the gang that would eventually become White Fence.
White Fence is one of the oldest gangs in Los Angeles
The gang came into prominence during the Pachuca era of the 1940s and were one of the first gangs to develop rivalries with all the surrounding varrios, including Primera Flats, Varrio Nuevo Estrada and El Hoyo Maravilla. During the 1950s, White Fence members socialized at the Jewel Theatre on Whittier Blvd near Indiana Street but by the 1960s, the theatre was closed.
Members of this gang were influential during the formation of the Mexican Mafia in prison, which formed during the early 1960s (not 1957 as often published), and Ernest “Kilroy” Robal, was the first White Fence member in the Mexican Mafia, followed by Glibert “Lil Mo” Ruiz and Daniel “Black Dan” Barela. Other well known members from White Fence include Oso, Wacky, Popeye, Rascal and Vago.
Today, White Fence is one of the largest geographical gangs in the Boyle Heights and in 2006 the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office filed a civil injunction against the gang, labeling it a nuisance. During the years to follow, the White Fence community has undergone a serious gentrification transition, with new buildings constructed, old buildings renovated and rents increasing.
According to retired Sheriff deputy Richard Valdemar, “White Fence was one of the largest and most violent gangs in Los Angeles when I was growing up during the 1950s and 1960s. They claim to be the first gang to carry out a drive by shooting and are largely responsible for moving warfare from the fair fight to the urban terrorist mentality we see today.”
Felipe “Casper” Herrera and Raul Montano from White Fence gang talk about getting shot with no fear. Herrera has been shot on 3 separate occasions and states that he is prepared to get shot again.
The clicks from the ES White Fence gang in Boyle Heights includes the Tiny Locos (TLS), The Hole Locos (THLS), Spiders (SPS), Pee Wees, Cherries, Monstro (Monster), Lil Spiders, CDK, Malos (MLS), and the Alley Locos.
WS White Fence click: LCS,
Deceased Members of White Fence
- Big Boxer from THLS
- Rene “Lil Devil” Vasquez
- Big Dodger
- Big Scrappy from THLS
- Ruth Sanchez
- Big Spooky from THLS
- Big Stalker from THLS