|Founded||Founded in or near South Lawndale: Little Village|
|Colors||Black and Beige|
|Primary ethnicities||Latino (Mexican)|
|Symbols||Rabbit Head, Heart, Club, and Diamond|
Rabbit head with bent ear (hood over head for Darkside Two Six), heart, club, diamond, three lines with three dots above it, pitchfork 1978-1989
I have had the founding year of the Two Sixs as 1964 for quite some time but as time has passed no one out there has verified they ever heard of Two Six in Little Village at all in the 1960s. I must admit the sources that told me 1964 were not reliable and it was a long time ago so I don’t even remember where I heard it, but it was all I had. There are no court cases, news articles or even stories of Two Six in the 1960s, I’m not saying they completely didn’t exist but I would need some reliable sources to come forward to say otherwise.
The Two Six nation was no doubt in existence by the mid – 1970s but there is a good chance they were around in the early 70s but I have not heard of any stories from the early 70s or seen any pictures so we will just begin the story in the mid-70s forward.
In the early 1970s, the Latin Kings began to swell in numbers in Little Village especially after the Little Village chapter (24th and Marshall Boulevard) became the official headquarters for the south side Latin Kings in 1972. The Latin Kings also embarked in the drug trade by 1972 and this conflicted with the interest of other dealers in the area. One of the bigger dealers in the area was Alfonso Ayala Sr. who operated a drug business out of his clothing store at the intersection of 24th and Sawyer. Ayala was said to have strong connections with the Mexican Mafia and he saw the older element of the Latin Kings as a conflict to his his business. Ayala had sons that played on a baseball team called the “Twenty Sixth Street Boys.” Many of the kids on the team lived on 26th Street which gave them that name. The baseball team began to have conflicts with the Latin Kings and this lead to a war starting between Latin Kings and the baseball team. The conflict eventually led to the death of the team captain that was shot to death on his front porch after that Alfonso Ayala’s son Alfonso Ayala Jr took over leadership and now the Twenty Sixth Street baseball team became the Two Six street gang. Legend has it that the Latin Kings that killed the Captain of the team were made examples of and killed then put on display which was the first introduction that the Two Sixs were now on these streets.
The Two Sixs began operating like no other organization in the area. The Two Sixs not only were some of the biggest movers of cocaine and heroin they also were quick to use the gun and shoot at enemies relentlessly. Two Sixs were directly mentored by Alfonso Ayala and the Mexican Mafia connections that Ayala had so they learned how to handle business swiftly, discreetly and violently if needed. Many gangs in the area were not much into the drug business in the 1970s and if they were only older members tapped into it. The Two Sixs were unique for the times in the sense that even younger members were involved in the business and made more money than their rivals, this was the case of Ayala’s young son David Ayala.
The Two Six street gang soon rose to be a force to be reckoned with on the streets of Little Village as they viciously battled for control of 26th street against the Latin Kings and effectively stopped the Latin Kings from completely taking over Little Village. Two Six was not as large of a gang as the Latin Kings but were fierce competitors especially since Two Six would often waste no time in gunning down their enemies.
Two Sixs ran into other rivalries in the area including vicious wars with Satan Disciples, Ambrose, Villa Lobos and Artistic Kents. Allies of Two Six were Ridgeway Lords and Sin City Boys.
Despite being a newer organization the Two Six nation was invited into the Folk nation alliance in the year 1978 because Two Six had allied and started doing business with the Black Gangster Disciples. This is when Two Six took on the name “Gangster Two Six.” The Satan Disciples and Ambrose had also established deep connections with the Black Gangster Disciples and the Satan Disciples also adopted the first name of “Gangster,” this dramatically reduced the violence between Two Six and SDs and Two Six and Ambrose and in many instances the three gangs even partied together and also hung out with the Two Two Boys. Two Six often showed their allegiance with Satan Disciples by tagging “Two Six Disciples” on the wall. The allegiance with Two Two Boys was shown by tagging “226” on the wall.
I do not know the whole story of how Two Six linked up with Black Gangster Disciples but it very well may have been for a drug connect or the link may have been established because they did hits for each other like how the relationship developed between Ambrose and BGDs.
At some point in time Alfonso Ayala moved out of Little Village and into the suburb of Westchester, IL while he continued to run his business in Little Village.
On Superbowl Sunday on January 25, 1981, Alfonso Ayala decided to watch the Superbowl at Bonnie’s Tavern located at 2701 S. Karlov Ave which is at the intersection of 27th and Karlov, that afternoon two black males were spotted standing around on that corner after they pulled up in their car. The men were just hanging around the corner which caused suspicion by a resident that asked them what they were doing there according to court documents. The men questioned the two of them because two black men hanging out in a Mexican neighborhood was odd as these two stuck out like a sore thumb. According to the court documents the two black males entered Bonnie’s Tavern through different doors, one through the side door and one through the front door, one of the men was Clayton Rockman who asked the bar tender where the bathroom was, a very short time later Rockman and the other man started shooting as they gunned down Alfonso Ayala then fled out the side door. Rockman was later arrested and convicted of the murder; he is still in prison for the crime (People vs. Rockman, 1986).
It was said that the Latin Kings killed Ayala; however, the two black males that committed the murder were not members of the Latin Kings and were not known in the neighborhood, this proves that these two were likely hired to kill Ayala, maybe it was high ranking Latin Kings that hired these two men, whatever the case is it seems like the shooters had no personal beef with Ayala or even knew him so someone paid these men to kill him or perhaps it was a favor from within the People nation alliance. Rockman has been trying to get his conviction overturned since 1983, but even if he did not do it, several witnesses say two African American males were seen fleeing the tavern after the shooting.
Even if the Latin Kings did hire someone to kill Ayala or not, Two Six leader and son of Alfonso Ayala David Ayala was infuriated and a reward was offered in the amount of $500 to any Two Six that killed a Latin King, right after that offer Little Village experienced a record high amount of murders in Little Village (Wounded City, Vargas P.18). Also in 1981, David Ayala was able to purchase his very own home in the suburb of Westchester, IL so he could be near his mother. It was indeed shocking that a young 18 year old gang leader had the money to buy his own $160,000 home with a swimming pool and Buick Electra with personalized plates that read “El Hefe,” but drug sales helped make that happen along with I could imagine money his father may have left him. Under “EL Hefe” not only did Two Six gun down several Latin Kings but also Two Six was bringing in more money than ever.
In the newspapers and court documents David Ayala allegedly held a meeting at his suburban home on August 16, 1981 in Westchester, IL discussing a perfect attempt to wipe out more Latin Kings. The discussion led to a sighting of Latin Kings at Piotrowski Park at 4247 W 31st St (31st and and Keeler to Karlov) located in the Little Village neighborhood. Ayala then loaded the van that he owned with a shotgun, machine gun, a rifle and a pistol and Ruben Palomo and James Soto headed to the park where a baseball game was being held under orders from “El Jefe.” When they arrived at the park, they parked the van in an alley behind the park. The two shooters then got out and stormed the park firing several bullets into the crowd striking 3 people, two of them died (People vs. Ayala). Unfortunately the two that died were not members of the Latin Kings but the one that was wounded was indeed a Latin King gang member. By October 1981 Ayala was arrested then convicted of the murders in 1983 and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. These are what the courts and the papers say happened back in 1981 but there is much speculation that it is not exactly true. The real truth may very well be that these shooters went rouge and shot at the wrong people and went against Ayala and screwed up big time. Many contest that Ayala has been unjustly convicted of this crime and should not be in federal prison the rest of his life. I will put it this way, this is a man that knew how to make money and became a Don at a young age. He was taught the ways of how to carry out careful business by his mentors and was advanced beyond his years, so to order this type of messy shooting is outside his character and not how he normally handled business, so one has to think, could it be true that he didn’t order this shooting or at least didn’t order it to be in broad daylight at baseball players? It is something to ponder and if there is an injustice it needs to be known.
Behind bars Ayala was still able to successfully run the Two Six organization all throughout the 1980s and was able to direct street leaders. Ayala was highly respected and feared behind prison walls not only because of his connections beyond Two Six but also because of how he did business and he was said to have more money than any gang leader in the Chicago area. He paid cash money for his cars and suburban home in Westchester and the nickname “El Jefe” suited him. Behind bars he was pivotal within the Latin Folks alliance and was one of the biggest voices within the Folk nation.
Back on the streets there developed a divide within the Two Six nation after Ayala was put away as there were now different sections of Two Six that sometimes waged war with each other in the K-Town section of Little Village. There was the establishment of the Darkside Two Sixs, the K-Town Two Sixs and Chi-Town Two Six. One of the most notorious sections of Two Six was 38th and Albany section in Brighton Park community. These different groups would often flare up into violent warfare against each other that would result in murders at times.
As 38th and Albany opened in the early 80s, Two Six spread deep into the streets of Brighton Park and became a major force in this area. By 1982, the spread of Two Six into Brighton Park sparked a conflict with Satan Disciples that were also colonizing this community and on and off conflict began.
In the early 1980s, Two Six opened in Gage Park, Marquette Park, Archer Heights, South Chicago, Garfield Ridge, Clearing and the Back of the Yards during a massive expansion campaign.
Two Six began colonization of the Chicago land suburbs in 1982 when they landed in Joliet and took a large chunk of the east side of Joliet as they directly conflicted with Latin Kings, a mirror issue to the wars of Little Village.
The date November 7, 1986 would bring an end to the “226” (Two Two Boy and Two Six) alliance and also the Ambrose and Two Six alliance forever. On that day 28th and Hamlin Two Sixs were informed that Ambrose gang members had been spotted shooting at Two Sixs in the K-Town area. Two Sixs were now ready to get revenge on their Folk nation ally that they believed had turned against them. Two Six gang members Jason Gray, Little Hulk, Stoney and Inky all sought to avenge this shooting according to court documents. Jason Gray and Little Hulk caught two Ambrose gang members at a 7-11 and beat them up in the parking lot according to court documents, and then they spotted two gang members that looked like Ambrose gang members in that same parking lot then pursued them after they pulled away. Jason Gray and Little Hulk and a third Two Six started throwing bottles and flashing gang signs at the gang members they thought were Ambrose, but it turned out they were actually Two Two Boys from Cicero coming to visit Ambrose friends, but that was not realized until when they caught those same gang members on California Ave and they clearly flashed Two Two gang signs.
Later on that night the Two Sixs heard about a party going on in Marquette Park at 63rd and Washtenaw, so they sent two Two Six girl gang members to the party to scope it out. The girls aroused suspicion when they arrived and were unfriendly to everyone as they were dressed in black and beige, so they were asked to leave. A few hours later Jason Gray, Stoney, Little Hulk and Inky crashed the party and knocked on the basement door where the party was being held at 6318 south Washtenaw. When the door was opened Jason Gray began shooting then Little Hulk joined him as they shot down four people in the party, three of them died. The one that was killed was a Two Two Boy gang member and the injured one was a Two Two as well according to court documents. Manuel Bobe also known as Little Hulk was convicted of the murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole, he currently is still in prison for the crime, Jason Gray’s conviction was overturned many years later (People Illinois vs. Bobe, 1992). Two Sixs would now be in a full state of war with Two Two Boys and Ambrose that was a shocking war at that time.
Two Six continued to spread deeper into the suburbs as they now opened in suburban areas like Romeoville and Bolingbrook that spawned out of their 38th and Albany chapter.
In the winter of 1988, Two Sixs went to full scale war with the Satan Disciples. Both gangs had joined the Folk nation together in 1978 and were close allies before and after joining. In 1982 leadership with both gangs began to experience lots of friction and by 1988 full scale war broke out, especially after a fatal shooting occurred of Two Six gang members by Satan Disciple gang members Robert and Michael George and Thomas Basden. According to court documents these three Satan Disciple gang members murdered a Two Six on February 29, 1988 (People Illinois vs. Basden, 1994).
In the early 1990s Two Six expansion grew larger as they landed in more suburbs like Schaumberg and Hoffman Estates. Their biggest new find was in the suburb of Cicero when they opened in the Parkholme homes and became a major presence there. From Cicero they spread into Berwyn and were now considered the fastest growing gang in Chicago area as now there were at least 800 members and growing.
In the early 1990s Two Six would begin engaging in wars with former Folk allies such as: Krazy Get Down Boyz and Maniac Latin Disciples.
In 1996, Two Six even had a war with the Gangsters Disciples that got really vicious for a while because of drug operations in Cicero, IL. This war was a shocker at the time because GDs and Two Six were close allies, in fact, the “Spanish Gangster” part of the Two Six name came from an alliance with the GDs back in the late 1970s and the adaptation of the SGD (Spanish Gangsters Disciple or Spanish Growth and Development) concepts.
The Two Sixs would break out into war with close allies La Raza and Party People in 1997.
By 1998 David Ayala was transferred to Tamms Super Max facility at 8500 Supermax Rd in Tamms, IL. Now Ayala was fully cut off from any Two Six operations, two years later David Ayala announced he was no longer affiliated with the Two Six organization.
Please send in old school pics. 1970s pics will be especially appreciated!
- What was the name of the baseball team team captain that was killed in the early days?
- What exact year did Gage Park, Marquette Park, Brighton Park, South Chicago, Archer Heights sets open up?
- What exact year did the Cicero, IL faction start?
- What happened to 24th and Sawyer, why is it no longer Two Six hood?
- What year did Darkside Two Six, K-Town Two Six and Chi-Town Two Six form?
- What year did the war with La Raza start and why?
- What year did the war with Ambrose start and why?
- What year did the war with Gangster Party People start and why?
- What year did the war with KGBs start and why?
- What exactly started the war with the GDs?