Chicago Gang History

Status: Extinct

Laflin Lovers

ColorsRed and Yellow
Primary ethnicitiesLatino (Mexican)
SymbolsHeart, knight's helmet
AffiliationPeople since 1980
FounderUnknown. Submit info.
Founding yearUnknown. Submit info.
Founding neighborhoodPilsen section of the Lower West Side neighborhood, 18th and Laflin
Main neighborhoodExtinct

 

I do not know very much about these guys but I do know they came from the intersections of 17th Street to 18th Street and Laflin in the Pilsen section of the Lower West Side neighborhood.  I know they have been around at least since the 1970s but I have no idea what exact year they formed.  The Laflin Lovers had a very tight alliance with the Latin Counts of 18th and Loomis and 18th and Ashland, and the Lovers were allies with the Latin Brothers of 18th and Ashland as well and the Bishops of 18th and Bishop.  The Laflin Lovers were basically sandwiched between two Latin Count hoods, a Bishop hood and a Latin Brother hood on 18th Street.  The closest rival was Ambrose on 18th and Throop right down the street; the Lovers also hated the Satan Disciples from down 18th Street to the west.  The Laflin Lovers also joined their allies the Latin Counts in their fight against the Latin Kings.  In the year 1980 it was an easy decision for the Laflin Lovers to join the People Nation alongside their close allies.  The Laflin Lovers continued on through the 1990s and went extinct by the later 90s or the 21st century.

Please send in 1990s, 1980s, 1970s and 1960s pics if they existed back then!

Questions:

  1.  What exact year did the Laflin Lovers start?
  2. What was the founder and what happened to him?
  3. Was 17th and 18th and Laflin the only sections?  If there were others what years did they open and close up?
  4. Did the war with Latin Kings resume when the Counts and Bishops began war with Kings?
  5. Did Laflin Lovers go to war with Bishops when the BCN broke up?
  6. What was the timeline of leaders?
  7. What year did Laflin Lovers close up their last section?

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