Latin Pachucos
Latin Pachucos

Latin Pachucos

Founded Founded c. 1983 in or near Humboldt Park (West Humboldt Park) K-Town
Formerly known as

Los Pachucos 1983-1984

Affiliations People Nation — 1984 – 2000 or later;
Colors Black and White
Color usage Black or black and white
Primary ethnicities Latino
Symbols Low Rider Face
Symbol usage

Low rider face from low rider magazine, cross with three slashes above it

Status Active

The Latin Pachucos’ story does not go as far back in time as many of the other gangs from the area.  The reason why the Latin Pachucos are not as old of a gang as Latin Kings, Spanish Cobras, Maniac Latin Disciples or Insane Unknowns is because the Pachucos started out as a Mexican gang coming up in a very heavily Puerto Rican neighborhood, that neighborhood is West Humboldt Park, the very site of one of the largest concentrations of Puerto Rican migration in the entire city.

The story starts in 1983 at the intersection of Karlov and Hirsch right out in front of Alfred Noble Elementary School located at 4127 W Hirsch St.  This corner was already taken over by the Insane Unknowns by 1983 and they congregated there regularly.  Eventually a group of Mexican kids were hanging out there in front of that school and these kids liked to dress stylish, kinda like, Pachucos which is a famous look of Mexican zoot suit gangsters.  I am not saying these kids dressed in full zoot suits by they were dressed up quite well in black and white suits with black and white hats that resembled the Pachuco look.  The fact that these kids wore the colors black and white and hanging out on Karlov and Hirsch got them mistaken for Insane Unknown gang members by members of the Latin Disciples (MLDs) that came over there representing and throwing down the Unknowns.  The kids could have easily just said they do not claim anything and left it at that but instead these kids were just pissed about getting messed with and did not care the Disciples thought they were Unknowns and they did not care how big of a gang the Disciples were.  These kids fought the Disciples savagely and it was said they beat the hell out of them.

The kids were given the nickname “Pachucos” which also means you are a neighborhoods kid but not a gang banger. The role of the Insane Unknowns was to protect these neighborhood kids from outsiders like Latin Disciples and Spanish Cobras but all the fight the Pachuco kids were putting up against the Folks made a lot of enemy Folk gangs red hot to try invading the territory. The Unknowns needed to make a decision about protecting the Pachuco kids.  The Unknowns told these kids they were now marked by the Disciples and reprisal was going to happen so it was in their best interest to join the Insane Unknowns, the Pachucos told them there is no way they will join their gang and the Unknowns were insistent on it because this would bring heat to the Unknown’s turf from rivals and if these kids did not join, the Unknowns could not control them.  These kids were marked as Unknowns and would soon be treated as such and any move they made would be considered an Unknown move.

These Pachuco kids began calling themselves the “Los Pachucos” in 1983 and even tagged up buildings at Grand and Keeler with “Los Pachucos” sprayed on them.

These kids’ refusal to join the Insane Unknowns by 1984 was not appreciated and three members of the Insane Unknowns came at these kids, these kids then pulled a gun on them and told them they were their own gang, they were the “Latin Pachucos” and would not absorb into another nation, this event probably happened by 1984 because that was the year that the Los Pachucos would take that nickname Pachuco and make themselves a gang called the “Latin Pachucos,” and from there a legendary crew was born. The Kings admired how these Pachucos went at it with everyone and offered to hold a peaceful meeting with them to discuss getting backup from the UPK and also joining the People Nation alliance that was soon to spread on the streets.  The Latin Pachucos accepted the offer and were now allies with the Insane Unknowns and were officially in the People Nation The Latin Kings were able to help establish peace between Pachucos and Unknowns throughout the rest of the 1980s as they shared the same street corner.  After joining People the Insane Unknowns backed off the area of Division Street on the north, Pulaski Road on the east, Thomas Street on the south and Kolmar Avenue on the west, all this was Pachuco territory.

The Latin Pachucos now had two arch rivals, the Latin Disciples and the Insane Unknowns.  The Latin Disciples were a part of the “ULO” alliance and also the Folk Nation.  The Insane Unknowns were part of the “UPK” alliance and the People Nation.  The Pachucos did not qualify to be in either alliance for the simple fact that they were too new of a gang.  The Pachucos just had to fight everybody under the sun with no powerful allies.  They were just a group of Mexican “Pachucos” outnumbered in a Puerto Rican world but they fought everyone like mad dogs and this caught the attention of the Latin Kings that usually did not come into this part of West Humboldt Park because they respected that it belonged to the Unknowns.

As the 1980s progressed the Latin Pachucos started to gain more notoriety and their numbers grew, some members of the Insane Unknowns even flipped to become Pachucos because these Pachucos were a down organization.  The Pachucos then set their sights on the gang ridden neighborhood of Belmont-Cragin, especially Fullerton and Lavergne (Blackhawk Park) and also Hanson Park.  Mexican people were beginning to move into this neighborhood in larger numbers by the 1980s; however, white gangs were still the dominant force.  The white gangs intimidated young Latino youth and enticed Latino families not to move into the area which slowed down the progress of Latino gangs in the area.  The Pachucos were affected by this as they tried to take over Hanson Park that was crawling with the Taylor Jousters.  Pachucos were not able to get enough numbers to take out the Jousters, in fact no one could.

The Blackhawk Park set was a little more successful and it got the Pachucos rooted into the neighborhood; however, they would lose this territory as one of their own because of all the violence they inflicted on rivals like Spanish Cobras, Ashland Vikings and Latin Stylers which got many members incarcerated, and by 1992 it was no longer a Pachuco section, and many of them went to Grand and Mango until that section closed in 1995.  At the same time the Pachucos and Insane Unknowns were going at it in Humboldt Park at Hirsch and Karlov which led to a war for a while.

In 1992, the People Nation was not as tightly aligned like it used to be in the 1980s so interalliance wars were raging uncontrollably.  The Insane Unknowns were one such gang that no longer cared about having allies and saw how to Pachucos were growing too strong and infringing on their territory.  Even though it was supposed to be shared turf, the Unknowns felt it was more rightfully theirs and war kicked off that the Pachucos could no longer afford to engage in because they were surrounded by enemies all around them.  The Pachucos were also at heavy odds with the Latin Kings at that time so they got no backup from them.  It mainly all started when a big fight happened were Insane Unknowns were shooting at unarmed Pachucos but the Pachucos fought them anyway with bludgeoning tools, knives and fists.  Even though the Pachucos fought well, they had to leave K-Town because there was too much drama there and they were outgunned and outnumbered by multiple gangs.  The Pachucos then took up haven in Hanson Park, this time it was all good to go because Mexicans were more of the majority around there causing the Jousters and other white gangs to be in smaller numbers.

Now that the Pachucos settled in Hanson Park, they were ready to take down the Jousters completely and began gunning at them to chase them out.  The Pachucos were all about taking the east side of Hanson Park as they set up at Lorel and Palmer “LPst.”  The Imperial Gangsters wanted the park real badly but the Pachucos fought them too.

By 1995, the Pachucos had won the war with the Taylor Jousters and took over Hanson Park as they expanded to Lorel and Beldon and Lockwood and Belden.  The Pachucos also expanded south of the park at Latrobe and Dickens and North Avenue and Lamon which is located in the Austin neighborhood.  The Pachucos also made a conquest of the Irving Park neighborhood opening at Sacramento and Addison, Kilbourn and Addison (Kilbourn Park), Central Park and Addison (Athletic Park).   The Pachucos also made their way into the suburb of Cicero.

The Pachucos had no issue going to war with fellow People Nation gangs.  In the mid 1990s the Pachucos went to war with the Latin Brothers who were also in north Austin and near Hanson Park.  The Pachucos also slugged it out with Spanish Four Corner Hustlers near North Ave and Lamon.  All the violence with Spanish 4s, Latin Brothers and Latin Stylers near North Ave and Lamon led to the Pachucos firebombing a burger king at that intersection, after that the police targeted the Pachucos heavily; therefore, they abandoned that post.  The rest of their sets remained.

Please send in old school pics.   1970s or 1980s pics will be especially appreciated!


  1. Who was the founder and what happened to him?
  2. What exact years did the Pachucos open in Belmont-Cragin and Irving Park?
  3. How long did the early to mid 1990s war last with the Latin Kings and why did it happen?
  4. What were the leaders and how long did each last up until the year 2000?