I emailed Turtleboy Sports about doing a guest blog, based on some information I put together documenting gang activity in Worcester. I was told that they didn’t have the time to edit or link anything, but they gave me the sites passwords and I was told I could blog it on my own, since TBS is a free speech forum for the people. I’ve never written any blogs on here, nor am I associated with or know any of the bloggers for TBS. I am merely a private citizen who knows how to use Google, and I would like our city to be safer. So here goes:
Everyone wants to know when the gang problem in this Worcester took the drastic turn that has led to the multiple shootings this summer. If you look at the facts, I think this can be traced back to one particular day, 5/8/11.
May 8, 2011 was the day of the fight and resulting stabbing at the movie theater in Blackstone Valley. Two men from Plumley Village were jumped by a group of guys that were from Kilby. Patrick Pierre, Jr., also known as “Pede”, Robert Nieves, Robert Grajales, and a host of others, were arrested stemming from this altercation. This was the trigger that set off a series of events that brings us to where we are today.
On 11/30/11 there was a massive brawl in front of City Hall. While how the brawl actually started remains open to interpretation, based largely on who you choose to believe, what we can say for sure is that members of Kilby were fighting members of East Side/Plumley Village/Eastern Ave. I lump those last three groups together as they frequently interchange and have on numerous occasions been considered to be one in the same. During this fight, shots rang out. One of the people involved in that fight, Javier Santiago, was fatally wounded as result of a gunshot wound. Eventually arrested for the murder was Pierre, Jr. Glad to see he learned his lesson from the Millbury incident.
Spats between the factions continued for most of 2012, but little made the headlines. In 2013, things began to really pick up. In September 2013 Robert Walker died as a result of injuries he sustained during a fight with Michael Ventura. Walker was a member of Kilby and Ventura was a former member. The reason behind the fight, again, is up to debate, but the result was Ventura cracking Walker over the head with a bottle. Ventura was arrested shortly thereafter and Walker’s death has been deemed a homicide. Ventura had been previously dropped from Kilby because he allegedly snitched on a fellow member.
As the calendar turned to 2014, YouTube videos began to surface starring Spazz & Young Classik. The video “Ready for War” was posted 1/28/14, though other versions have a date listed in May 2014. Throughout the video there are references to their fallen comrade Santiago, as well as several hand guns, gang signs and threats made to rival gang, Kilby. In the video Spazz, also known as Justin Roman, wears fatigues and makes frequent gestures of shooting an imaginary gun. Roman was said to be good friends with David Luyando, the man killed in Hope cemetery while visiting the grave of his cousin Javier Santiago.
In response to “Ready for War”, Kilby came out with their own video. Under the moniker Fresh cadets, Kilby dropped the video “Still the Same” on 2/15/14.
The video opens with footage from the aftermath of the City Hall fight. Most of the video was filmed in Crystal Park, itself no stranger to shootings recently. The overall theme of the video was to mock the death of Santiago. The video even closes with a picture of “Pede”, the man who was convicted of the murder. The picture has “Pede” smiling in the court room after the verdict was read that he had been found guilty. Total scumbag move.
Also at the end of the video was that same Adidas logo, this time facing up, a direct shot at the other video. Interesting note here, the guy in the video with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays hat on is the aforementioned Robert Nieves, who has since been arrested for breaking into an auto repair shop on Gardner St (along with Grajales from the Millbury case, because of course), and he was also involved in the brawl at The Riviera Show Club (again with Grajales – with friends like this who needs enemies right?) with rival gang members from MoB. This fight ended with a car driving head on into a crowd of people in the parking lot. How many chances are people going to get? Nieves and Grajales were each involved in the Millbury stabbing incident, breaking into an auto repair shop with a hatchet and then being in a brawl at the Riviera. Model citizens.
The rivals continued to exchange battle rap videos, both talking about shooting, drug dealing, etc. “Spazz” was even in videos as recently as 2/10/15. His mom is preaching that he left that life “a while back”, well the internet proves you wrong. Perhaps the most alarming thing in these videos is the number of young kids shown. There is one video that has what about to be 10 or 11 year old kids sporting bandanas around their faces while throwing up gang signs. This is truly frightening.
October 2014 things started to really pick up. Christian Obeng was shot and killed at an apartment in Upland Gardens. Out of retaliation for this, Karel Magual shot a man five times and left him for dead. Mangual can also be found in the “Still the Same” video. He would be the one in the green hoodie on. You really cannot make this stuff up.
To backtrack just a bit in time, in November 2013, multiple members of Kilby were arrested for witness intimidation. This was in connection to someone obtaining a sealed court document about a plea deal and posting the document on social media. One of those arrested was Leroy Edmonds. Edmonds had numerous run-ins with the law, including the May 2010 beating of a homeless man when he was 15. After the guy did not buy the alcohol that Edmonds and his friends had requested they beat him senseless.
But I digress. The police investigation of the court documents led to a search of the home in Holden where Edmonds was living. He was found to be living with his aunt, Darcelle Jenkins. She was employed as a case specialist in the Worcester Juvenile Court. Ding ding ding! We have a winner! She used her job in the Worcester County Juvenile Court to obtain, copy, and disseminate sealed court documents about a “snitch” in her nephew’s gang? Is this real life? If you wrote this as a movie the producer would throw it back in your face because it is not believable.
Since this October shooting there has been a year of shootings that continue to litter the news. To discuss every shooting and every YouTube video openly portraying gang life could be a book, not a simple article for a blog. When is Worcester City Council, and more importantly the mayor, going to step up and look at the facts? This is not inside information. This is all stuff that can be pulled together by some clown on their own computer. If I can do this, why can’t the people in charge?
Side note, I am sure the police have all this information already but the city won’t let them do their jobs. Why are the good citizens of Worcester walking around in fear while the people they have elected choose to simply put their head down and say “everything is fine here”? If this is fine, then I would hate to see what chaos is. The police are under constant scrutiny for everything that they do. They are underfunded and over worked. People want to be safe but they want to know every single aspect of what it takes to make that safety a reality. Guess what? You cannot have it both ways. Policing is not an easy job. There is a reason why they have been chosen. Are there bad apples? Obviously. But the overwhelming majority of police are hard working men and women who want to keep the streets safe for Joe Citizen. Something needs to be done here. If the infestation of this gang activity has reached the court house and no one could figure it out, where does it end?