Judge Curtis B. Rappe sentenced year-old Pierre Mercado to a series of consecutive terms for his part in the four killings and also for five attempted murders, a kidnapping for robbery and a kidnapping for extortion. He said many victims of the brazen shootings had no connections to gangs.
They were founded in the early s as part of efforts of protection   for Southeast Asian immigrants and refugees from the more numerous American gangs in their localities. In the early s, the Asian Boyz gang was formed by a group of schoolmates, including Filipino brothers named Marvin Mercado and Pierre Mercado in Southern Californiaas part of an effort to protect themselves from the more numerous pre-existing gangs situated in their respective neighborhoods. Their identity also attracts notable controversy, being that the Cambodian sets are notoriously influential and decorated as their own faction of Crips that is, among other things, racially or ethnically distinct.
Even for detectives hardened by the trivialities that can lead to street violence, these crimes defied reason. In an effort to become the most feared Asian gang in Los Angeles, a group of young men are alleged to have engaged in a spate of violence--shooting and wounding strangers, conducting running gun battles on freeways and staging a deadly ambush against a rival gang. Larry Dolley said.
A faded brown business card taped on the front door frame at a San Gabriel restaurant covers a bullet hole from an attack that left a Chinese waitress dead years ago. On June 23,three men fired approximately 27 rounds into ground-floor space at East Valley Blvd. It was one of a handful of slayings that took place at restaurants or cafes in the area from through and one of nine homicides that remain unsolved in the ZIP code, which had one of the highest rates of unsolved cases in the West San Gabriel Valley, according to law enforcement data analyzed by this news organization.
Lea Mek c. The murder was caught on camera by four surveillance cameras installed within the hall. As a result, it influenced a number of other gang murders and shootings in the LA area, and created a strong feud between both Asian gangs.
For some of these, the trauma of involuntary migration and the subsequent necessity to negotiate Vietnamese and American identities did not lead to enriching new experiences or cultural formations. Boom editorial board member Bidhan Chandra Roy sat down with Tin over three meetings to discuss his childhood experiences of fleeing Vietnam as a child in the s, his role in establishing a new wave of Vietnamese street gangs in Southern California in the s, and his hard-fought transformation into the man he is today. Since recording equipment is not allowed in the prison during the interview, Tin wrote up his responses to the questions following the three meetings.
What began as a documentary on Asian-American gang members has become a universal story about the pain and sacrifice of immigrant families in pursuit of better lives. A-Town Boyza new documentary currently in post-production, features the journeys of young Asian Americans in Atlanta, Georgia, whose struggles for acceptance and legitimacy have led them down difficult roads. Through a Korean-American actress Lau met at NYU, in she made her way to Atlanta, a city that has seen a rapid increase in the Asian-American population since the start of the century, and met gang leader Eugene Chung, who agreed to sit down for an interview.
ABZ bunch of tweakers and net bangers, they need to make some money to be able to afford some protein shakes and hit the gym. All you guys are stupid loud wannabe tough guys. And then I use to beat the eggrolls out of them. It was fun, but now Im looking for somebody with more of a sales background.
Asian Boyz gang founder Marvin Mercado gets life, no parole from Calif. Another shootout between the two gangs. Cause of death, Gang shooting.