|Founded||Founded in or near South Lawndale: Marshall Square|
Founded in the Marshall Square section of South Lawndale neighborhood near Cermak and California
|Formerly known as||
Twenty Second Street Boys late 1960s-1980
|Colors||Black, Light blue, Brown, and Beige|
|Color usage||Brown and Beige (Cermak and California); Black and baby blue (Cicero, IL and anywhere else)|
|Primary ethnicities||Latino (Mexican)|
|Symbols||4 Point Crown, King Head, 4 "Insane" Lines, and Shield|
King head wearing 4 point crown; 4 “Insane” lines with dots on each end
The Two Two Boys are an organization that never had a lot of turf in Chicago and did not lose much either. The Two Two Boys were much bigger as a suburban gang than in the city; however, their original set has been fiercely defended for several years and will seemingly never be taken from rivals.
The Two Two Boys came about in the late 1960s at the busy intersection of California Ave and Cermak Road (also known as 22nd Street) and I have no idea whom the founder is. Cermak Road is a main artery Road that travels all through the south west side of the city and into the suburbs, so having turf here is very important especially in the drug trade. California Ave is another very large and busy road that connects to the major Illinois highway system. It had become vital for the Two Two Boys to hold this turf for all their years. This intersection is located in the Marshall Square section of the South Lawndale neighborhood. The Two Two Boys were known as the “Twenty Second Street Boys” when they first started. They were said to be a baseball team in the area that turned into a gang by the early 1970s. The Twenty Second Street Boys began battling the Latin Kings that were trying to take over the nearby Little Village neighborhood which is another section of the South Lawndale neighborhood. Other bitter rivals of the Twenty Second Street Boys were the Artistic Kents (Stone Kents) that were from 21st and Marshall and the Cullerton Deuces of Cullerton and Washtenaw. The Twenty Second Street Boys found common ground with the Satan Disciples that hung out on 24th and Washtenaw because they had the same enemies. Another ally the Twenty Second Street Boys found was the Two Sixs from Little Village that were viciously battling the Latin Kings for control of 26th Street. The Twenty Second Street Boys also found an alliance with Ambrose from the nearby Pilsen and Little Village neighborhood; in fact, the two gangs became really tight like brothers or cousins.
In the year 1981, the Folk and People nation alliances extended their arms out to smaller and/or newer gangs and this is when the Satan Disciples helped the Twenty Second Street Boys get into the Folk Nation and the two organizations became “cousins.” The Twenty Second Street Boys then changed their name to the “Two Two Boys” and adopted the pitchfork as one of their symbols. Two Two Boys would often tag “224” in their tags to show the alliance with the 24th and Washtenaw SDs. Two Two Boys also drew a lot closer to the Two Sixs and tagged “226” in their tags.
Now that the Two Two Boys were brought into the Folk Nation, they were now on a conquest to start new territories like 23rd and Marshall and 51st and Wood which was in the Back of The Yards section of the New City neighborhood in Cornell Square Park.
The biggest accomplishment was the Two Two Boys’ colonization of the suburb of Cicero at the intersection of 14th and 49th Court in 1980. The Two Two Boys wasted no time spreading their influence in Cicero in the 1980s to sets such as: 31st and Laramie “Tre One,” 18th and 48th Ct, 24th and Central, 35th and Austin, 16th and 47th Ct “Murda Town,” and Ogden Ave to 33rd and 51st Ave to Central Ave “Rey Town.” Now that the Two Two Boys landed in Cicero they began recruiting several white members since Cicero was still a mostly white suburb back in the early 1980s.
Cicero made gangs were more than furious with the arrival of the Two Two Boys, gangs such as Noble Knights and Arch Dukes immediately engaged in wars with the Two Two Boys especially since all these gangs were in the Grant Works section. The Two Two Boys also were going at it with the Twelfth Street Players that were said to be the first gang in Cicero and did not take kindly to Two Two Boy presence. Latin Kings also invaded Cicero in 1980 or sooner but were given respect because they were in the People Nation alliance with the Noble Knights and Twelfth Street Players. To make things worse for the Two Two Boys, the Latin Counts invaded Cicero in the 1980s as well and were a part of the People alliance.
There were thousands of rivals for the Two Two Boys to deal with between the Latin Kings, Latin Counts, Bishops, Twelfth Street Players, Noble Knights and Arch Dukes. The Two Two Boys also needed to deal with the fact that Noble Knights, Arch Dukes and Twelfth Street Players liked to play into the community and act like pillars of the community by going to businesses and cleaning up Two Two Boy graffiti. They put on an image that they cared for the community and demonized the Two Two Boys, so now the Two Two Boys had to deal with more police attention and residents hating them, it was tough but the Two Two Boys still managed to dominate a lot of Cicero they colonized and recruited hundreds of members in Cicero.
The Two Two Boys’ closest ally has always been Ambrose. Both organizations even wear the same gang colors, and wearing these colors and hanging out together in each other’s neighborhoods is what dragged both gangs into their first interalliance gang war with a fellow Folk Nation gang.
On November 7, 1986 Two Two Boys from Cicero were invited to a party that was being thrown by Ambrose at 63rd and Rockwell in the Marquette Park neighborhood. When the Two Two Boys arrived at the party they were informed of another Ambrose party being held at 6318 south Washtenaw, so they decided to check that party out, along the way back to Cicero to get more of their friends they stopped and got cigarettes at a 7-11 were they witnessed two Two Six gang members Jason Gray and Manuel Bobe also known as “Little Hulk” beating up two guys in the parking lot. The Two Two Boys then later were driving down Kedzie and were approaching the I-55 expressway exit when that same Two Six car pulled up alongside them and were flashing Two Six gang signs throwing bottles at the car. Bobe and Gray and a third Two Six in the car thought the Two Two Boys were Ambrose gang members, but even when Jessie Alvarez and Sam Rahder flashed Two Two Boy gang signs the Two Six gang members did not stop with the hostility according to court documents, then the Two Two Boys pulled onto the expressway and proceeded to pick up their two friends from Cicero. On the way back to the party, once the Two Two Boys got off I-55 at the California Ave exit, that same Two Six car whipped out in front of them, and Bobe and Gray got out flashing Two Six signs and challenging them to a fight, the Two Two Boys got out of the car to fight, but the Two Sixs got back in the car and drove away (People Illinois vs. Manuel Bobe, 1992).
Later that night as the Cicero Two Two Boys were partying with Ambrose at the 63rd and Washtenaw party there was a knock at the door at about 12:30 A.M, when the door was answered Jason Gray started shooting at the party guests then Manuel Bobe started shooting according to court documents. Four people were shot and three of the four were killed. One of those killed was a Two Two Boy gang member, and the one that was injured that was not killed was a Two Two Boy named Jose Mendez according to court documents (People Illinois vs. Manuel Bobe, 1992). After this 1986 shooting Two Two Boys and Ambrose went to full scale war with Two Sixs despite the fact that they were all part of the Folk Nation.
Later into the 1980s and early 1990s, the Two Two Boys began colonizing in more suburbs than Cicero as they arrived in suburbs like Countryside, Lyons and Brookfield. The 31st and Laramie Two Two Boys from Cicero opened up a faction in the suburb of Bolingbrook that was ran by “Poppy” and “Superman.”
The year 1992 brought more gang wars for the Two Two Boys as their powerful ally the Satan Disciples wanted more drug turf and began infringing on Two Two Boy turf in Cicero and around Cermak and California. Ambrose was backing up Two Two Boys especially since Satan Disciples were infringing on their turf as well. The Two Two Boys and Ambrose teamed up to wage war on fellow Folks the Satan Disciples.
Now Two Two Boys were surrounded at Cermak and California dealing with invading Two Six from Little Village, Latin Kings only 1 block away, SDs on the East side of them trying to invade west to connect to their eastern Little Village turf, it was all a major headache and Two Two Boys decided to withdraw from 23rd and Marshall and 51st and Wood to make Cermak and California much stronger.
The Two Two Boys and Ambrose would also engage in a very vicious interalliance war with the gang La Raza that used to be fellow allied Folks for the reason that La Raza was heavily infringing on the 14th and 49th Ave territory in Cicero.
Things became more of a headache when the Majestic Party Crew that shared 31st and Laramie with the Two Two Boys joined the Folk Nation under the umbrella of the Satan Disciples instead of under the umbrella of the Two Two Boys. The Two Two Boys felt this was disrespect because the two gangs hung out all the time drinking and smoking together and fighting the Kings, now the Majestics joined forces with the SDs. This of course meant war between Two Twos and Majestics right on each gangs’ own front lawns, and it turned out to be a nasty and costly war that neither side could win. All the gang wars going on caused some Two Two Boys to flip to Maniac Latin Disciples and eventually a set of Cicero MLDs popped up. The MLDs saw opportunity with the Two Twos and Majestics slugging it out and killing each other, so the MLDs made a move to take 31st and Laramie and this caused the Two Two Boys to go to war with MLDs as well.
More problems came in 1993 when the Milwaukee Kings settled in the Grant Works section of Cicero and right away they wanted turf near where Two Two Boys were and this set the Two Two Boys off to start gunning at MKs as well especially after the MKs killed a Two Two Boy. It was also in this same year that the war with Two Sixs now became more focused and more intense as Two Twos and Two Sixs were fighting for control of the Parkholme Homes. Not only were the Two Sixs fighting the Two Twos over at Parkholme but Two Six was also fighting the Latin Angels who were also dealing with a war with the Latin Kings as well.
Two Two Boys and Latin Angels were really tight with each other because of their common enemies, they even banged together against the Sin City Boys after they moved into Cicero. The Latin Angels were really the only ally the Two Two Boys had by 1993 but that would all change when the Latin Angels surprisingly joined the People Nation and allied with the Latin Kings even after they killed Edward “Lalo” Jacquez outside of the pool.
Now the Two Two Boys had no allies in Cicero accept the Harrison Gents who did not have a very strong presence in Cicero. Eventually the Two Twos would have on and off truces with MLDs and Insane Majestics. In 1994, the Two Two Boys shook hands with their long time rivals of almost 25 years the Cullerton Deuces. The Cullerton Deuces decided to switch from the People Nation alliance to the Folk Nation alliance and that is what brought them together along with hate for nearby SDs and Latin Kings.
In 1997, the Maniac Latin Disciples swelled in numbers in the area all around 31st and Laramie and waged war once again with the Two Two Boys and the Insane Majestics. The Majestics and Two Two Boys were all banged up from battling each other and this would cause both gangs to dissolve at the hands of the MLDs at 31st and Laramie if something drastic was not to be done; therefore, the Tre One Two Two Boys and Majestics called a truce and teamed up against the MLDs. After a while the three gangs called a truce and in the agreement the Two Two Boys left the area to the MLDs peacefully especially since Two Two Boys needed their forces more built up in other parts of Cicero. This move was smart on the Two Two Boys’ part because they could have survived there but only until more members ended up in prison for violent crime, then young members would have flipped. Sometimes it is best to pull out of an area if it is more costly than profitable. The Majestics stayed at that corner because that is their only turf anywhere.
In the same year of 1997 or perhaps a year prior in 1996 the short lived alliance with the Cullerton Deuces came to a halt as both gangs went at it again; however, over time this war would be on and off. The Two Two Boys have always been able to survive with little to no allies and also be surrounded by enemies that they would fight intense and brutal gang wars all at once. Most gangs have an ally or two around them or only battle one rival in their direct vicinity but the Two Two Boys have been known to throw down with several gangs all at once.
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- Who was the founder and what happened to him?
- What exact year did the Two Two Boys start?
- What year did 23rd and Marshall and 51st and Wood open? What years did those sets close?
- What was the time line of leaders up until 2000?