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    Latino gang member accused of targeting African Americans in L.A. is captured

    Latino gang member accused of targeting African Americans in Highland Park is captured — 15 years later

    Richard Winton Contact Reporter


    A Latino gang member wanted for more than 15 years in connection with a racially motivated killing of a black man in Highland Park has been captured in Mexico and turned over to the FBI, officials said Friday.

    Merced Cambero, 37, was taken into custody by Mexican authorities in Baja California and turned over to the FBI at the border Friday. Federal prosecutors allege that he was one of three shooters who gunned down Kenneth Kurry Wilson, an African American man, in Highland Park while he looked for a parking space in April 1999.


    Federal prosecutors charged Cambero while he was on the run with conspiracy against rights, interference with federally protected activities, aiding and abetting, and use or discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence causing death.

    Cambero, according to federal court documents, is a member of the Avenues gang that waged a campaign of terror against African Americans.


    FBI officials said that Cambero was captured with the help of San Diego police. According to an indictment, Cambero was one of the Avenues gang members who spotted Wilson as they drove by in a stolen van. They allegedly piled out of the vehicle and rushed Wilson, mortally wounding him with a barrage of bullets fired from a shotgun and two pistols.


    In 2006, three other members of the Avenues gang were sentenced to life in federal prison as part of the six-year conspiracy that also saw another black man gunned down at a bus stop in December 2000. A fourth man was convicted as a lookout in that 2000 slaying of Christopher Bowser.

    Cambero, according to federal court documents, is part of the Avenues 43 clique.

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/l...203-story.html

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    Reminds me of poor Jamiel Shaw Jr. That was race related also. Glad they finally caught this murderer.
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    Merced Cambero

    Between 1999 and 2000, Merced Cambero is responsible for numerous murders of African American males in Los Angeles.
    WARNING: THIS INDIVIDUAL IS CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO APPREHEND SUSPECT YOURSELF. IF SEEN, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL POLICE STATION ASAP.

    CRIME INFORMATION

    Gang: Avenues Street Gang
    Moniker: Shadow
    Suspect: Cambero, Merced
    Sex: M
    Descent: Hispanic
    Height:
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    Age: 0*
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    *NOTE: Age calculated at date of crime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean View Post
    Reminds me of poor Jamiel Shaw Jr. That was race related also. Glad they finally caught this murderer.
    L.A. Gang member gets death for killing teen - NY Daily News

    www.nydailynews.com/news/.../gang-member-death-killing-teen-article-1.1196143

    Nov 3, 2012 - Gang member
    Pedro Espinoza sits in court as he is sentenced to death for the 2008 murder of Jamiel Shaw II, a star Los Angeles High School ...
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    After 24 years, arrests made in L.A. fire that killed 10, including 7 children

    After 24 years, arrests made in horrific L.A. fire that killed 10, including 7 children

    Cindy Chang, Richard Winton and Howard Blume Contact Reporters


    In a major break in a 24-year-old case, Los Angeles police have arrested several suspects in a fire that swept through a Westlake apartment building crowded with Latino immigrants, killing 10 people, including seven children.
    Several law enforcement sources told The Times on Saturday that three suspects are tied to the notorious 18th Street gang.

    At the time of the May 1993 fire, the gang was terrorizing residents of the neighborhood, then a densely packed first stop for immigrants flowing into L.A. from Mexico and other parts of Latin America.


    The suspects were allegedly angry because the apartment manager had ordered them to take their drug dealing elsewhere, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to comment publicly. They sought revenge by lighting the building on fire, the sources said.


    The arrests capped years of investigations into what is considered one of the worst arson fires in L.A. history. The blaze also came to symbolize the desperate conditions faced by immigrants, both legal and illegal, who found themselves living in old, substandard apartments and facing daily threats from gangs who controlled the area.

    Survivors of the fire told horrific stories of what it was like inside the burning building.

    The scene of the 1993 Westlake district apartment fire that left 10 dead. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)


    As the flames spread, mothers threw babies out of windows, hoping someone would catch them. People formed human chains to hoist residents down from upper floors. One man watched in horror as his wife and three of his children ran into the smoke, where they perished, huddled in a hallway.

    Another man also lost three children and his pregnant wife.


    More than 100 residents were displaced, and more than 40 were injured. The seven children who died ranged in age from 15 months to 11 years. Two of the women who died were pregnant.


    The fire exposed major flaws in the city’s fire inspection system. The building had recently been cited for fire code violations, but the owner failed to make the required changes.

    Capt. Andrew Neiman, an LAPD spokesman, said Saturday that he did not have the names of the suspects who were arrested.

    But a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation said two men were arrested Friday on conspiracy to commit murder. A female suspect has been in custody on a murder charge since 2011.


    A fourth male suspect remains at large.


    In 1993, the 69-unit building at 330 S. Burlington Ave. was a way station for immigrants, some of whom lived a dozen or more to an apartment to stretch their incomes from low-wage jobs.


    The fire’s rapid spread was aided by the crowded conditions, with personal belongings and furniture crammed into small spaces, fire officials said at the time.


    After two suspicious fires on the premises the previous month, inspectors had noted that fire doors were propped open and alarms were not functioning properly. They required the owner to conduct fire patrols every half-hour.
    But the patrols never happened, and the fire doors were still open during the deadly blaze.


    The tragedy prompted widespread calls for reform in city fire inspections. But a year later, many of the suggested measures, such as starting a fire safety inspection task force and creating a computerized record system, had not been implemented.


    From the beginning, rumors circulated that 18th Street gang members had started the blaze. At the time, local gangs were growing increasingly violent. The building — a place where hardworking immigrants intersected with drug dealers selling rock cocaine to motorists — was in the heart of their territory.


    Robert Bub, a retired LAPD homicide detective, said that after the fire, police officers “were talking to every 18th Streeter that came in to try to shake something loose.”

    But people were scared to talk, fearing retaliation, Bub said.

    Former City Councilman Mike Hernandez, who represented the Westlake district at the time, said that crime in the neighborhood at the time was “overwhelming.” He said there was never an outpouring of grief or activism because many residents were reluctant to call attention to themselves out of fear of deportation.

    Five years later, in 1998, two 22-year-old 18th Streeters were charged with 10 counts of murder after a gang member arrested in an unrelated killing claimed to know who had started the fire. But the charges against the two men, Rogelio Andrade and Allan Lobos, were later dropped for lack of evidence.


    Meanwhile, the survivors of the fire struggled to rebuild their lives. Most did not return to the apartment building on Burlington Avenue — the memories were too grim. A group of them received $2 million in a civil lawsuit against the building’s owner and managers.


    Elias Verdugo Vasquez, the man who watched his wife and three children disappear into the smoke, returned to Chiapas, Mexico, with his only surviving child, his dream of a better life in America shattered.


    Years passed, then decades.


    At the Burlington Avenue building on Saturday, few people remembered the fire, and no tenants remained from that era.


    But Maura Campos, the apartment manager, was living nearby at the time.


    “I remember how there was a pregnant woman who died in the fire, and it was not that she was burned, but it was the smoke from the carpet, and children also died,” Campos, 61, recalled in Spanish.


    There is much less gang and drug activity in the neighborhood than there once was, some residents said.

    Campos credits LAPD officers, who used to keep watch by sleeping on the floor of her living room.


    Behind the scenes, detectives continued to chip away at the case. On Friday morning, with the female suspect already behind bars, they moved in on the two men and took them into custody.


    LAPD Chief Charlie Beck is planning a news conference Monday to release more details about the arrests. Officials released little publicly about the case Saturday, saying only that the arrest occurred after an "extensive and exhaustive investigation."

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    Too bad BLM does not fight for the cause to end the illegal invasion of our Country. Direct your hate and energy at that.

    African-Americans are citizens too...however, until they can wake up and realize that their fellow Americans are not keeping them down...they themselves are keeping themselves down with their hate and ignorance at White people and staying stuck in 1850.
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    Google Adsense is throwing a fit about this article. They don't like it, but this is a report from the LA Times. We are not going to remove this article because it speaks to a very important issue in America where Latino gangs are targeting blacks for murder based on their race in SoCal.

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    Highland Park Gang Member Enter Not Guilty Plea in Hate Crime Case

    A gang member from Highland Park, who spent more than 15 years on the run, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal charges.

    By SoCal Patch (Patch Staff) - February 14, 2017 6:05 pm ET

    LOS ANGELES - A Latino gang member from Highland Park, who spent more than 15 years on the run in connection with a racially motivated murder, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal charges. Merced "Shadow" Cambero, 38, entered his plea to charges of conspiracy against rights, interference with federally protected activities, aiding and abetting, and use or discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence causing death. U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson set a March 28 trial date in downtown Los Angeles. Cambero was taken into custody by Mexican authorities in Baja California and turned over to the FBI at the border on Feb. 3. Federal prosecutors allege he was one of three shooters who gunned down Kenneth Kurry Wilson, a black man, in Highland Park in April 1999. Cambero, according to federal court documents, is a member of the Avenues gang, which waged a campaign of terror against blacks in Highland Park. The case marked the first time the federal hate crime statute had been used to combat racial violence by members of a street gang. In 2006, three other members of the Avenues gang were sentenced to life in federal prison as part of the six-year conspiracy that also saw another black man gunned down at a bus stop in December 2000. A fourth man was convicted as a lookout in that 2000 slaying of Christopher Bowser.

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    Beezer wrote:

    Too bad BLM does not fight for the cause to end the illegal invasion of our Country. Direct your hate and energy at that.
    Ditto that!

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