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The Pirus or Piru Street Boys are a Los Angeles, California area street gang alliance formed in the 1960s and based out of Compton but spread to Carson, Inglewood, and Watts. Piru sets make up most of the original Blood gang alliance in Los Angeles. In the 1960's, the Pirus were one of many "set" throughout the region of Los Angeles, California. However, these "sets" were small groups of "hustlers". In 1969, fifteen-year-old Raymond Washington started the Crips (originally called the "Cribs") street gang with ten friends from his neighborhood on the East Side of South Central, Los Angeles. The Crips began to attack hustler groups and cliques in order to create a larger organization. In 1971, Raymond Washington approached the Piru Street Boys in Compton, California and formed a short-lived alliance. The Pirus even changed their name to the "Piru Street Crips". However, the Pirus were arch enemies of a gang that would become the Compton Crips, led by a teenager named Mac Thomas. According to Crips co-founder Stanley "Tookie" Williams, Mac Thomas and the Compton Crips were unhappy about Raymond Washington recruiting their arch rivals. According to Tookie Williams, Mac Thomas had even complained about Raymond Washington showing the Pirus the Compton Crips' turf including their personal hangouts. In 1975, Lyle "Bartender" Joseph Thomas, an original leader of the Pirus, was shot by Crips. As a result, The Brims, a local set, joined the Pirus, and together, formed the new Blood Alliance. Recently large numbers of Pirus sets are becoming disenfranchised with the Bloods and are steadily becoming their own gang. This is further noted with some Pirus fighting other Blood sets and even those who are Pirus such as Fruit Town Pirus are enemies towards Tree Top Pirus and Mob Pirus, both loyal to the Bloods Alliance rather than becoming their own gang.

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  • L.G. (Little Gangster) - members ages 8-12
  • L.Y.G. (Little Young Gangster) - members ages 13-17
  • Y.G. (Young Gangster) - after 0 active years of banging after the age of 18
  • O.Y.G. (Original Young Gangster) - after 5 active years of banging after the age of 18
  • O.G. (Original Gangster) - after 10 active years of banging
  • O.O.G. (Double O.G.) - after 20 active years of banging
  • O.O.O.G. (Tripple O.G.) - after 30 active years of banging

Piru Gangs