The Bronx is a borough of New York just 20 minutes uptown from Manhattan with a criminal reputation and long colourful history. The corner of 161st street and Morris avenue is famed amongst locals as a danger zone as is evident in the comments section of an article posted in New York Daily news this week. Shanell “Sweetz” Crute is the young woman who was shot and killed by a gang and died in her boyfriends arms on the street corner just before midnight on September 30th.
At just 26 years old Shanell Crute did not have any enemies, according to her boyfriend Ira Richards, though the situation tells a different story. Crute was running through the Bronx in an effort to escape a group of men before being shot 9 times and falling to her death. Police believe the shooting was a revenge for a dispute that had occurred earlier in the evening.
After arguing with the group Richards and Crute joined hands and ran from the gang, Crute was shot dead as she ran. As news spread of the shooting in her neighbourhood residents were very saddened. Shanell “Sweets” is said to have been a well liked person and nicknamed ‘sweets’ because apparently people seemed to fall in love with her easily.
This story is not uncommon in a city where gangs are rife and revenge is serious. Just last night on East 19th street, 2 young men were shot and killed as a result of a “beef” (longstanding grudge), which caused members of a Brooklyn street gang to locate Terrance Serrano and Rashawn Washington in a nightclub in the early hours of October 6th and wait for them outside in an SUV before shooting them point blank as they got in their car to leave.
Prominent street gangs such as the ‘bloods’ who both populate and control criminal activity in the New York prison system, in particular on Rikers island have had historical rivalries with Los Angeles gangs as well as those from other ethnic groups such as the “Latin Kings” . The bloods have made their presence known in the city since the 1960s with their signature red scarves and clothing. They are said to be founded by Omar Portee or “OG Mack” in a Rikers island cell.
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