Latin Brothers
Latin Brothers

Latin Brothers

Founded Founded in 1970 by Butler in or near Lower West Side: Pilsen
Founding story

Founded in the Pilsen section of Lower West Side neighborhood near 17th and Racine

Formerly known as

Latin Brothers 1970-?

Affiliations People Nation — 1980 – 2000 or later;
Colors Black and Purple
Primary ethnicities Latino (Mexican)
Symbols Spear, 5 Dots, and Trojan Helmet
Symbol usage

Spear with 5 dots

Status Active

The Latin Brothers formed in the year 1970 in the Pilsen section of the Lower West Side neighborhood at the intersection of 17th and Racine. The founder of the organization was “Butler” and some of the first members were Wino, Big Foot, Dizzy, Player, and Mr. Lucky.  The Latin Brother originals were closely related to the Latin Counts and were in consideration for joining the Counts but for some reason it was decided for these guys to not be part of the Counts, therefore, these guys started the Latin Brothers, a decision that was honored by both the Counts and Brothers.  Once the Latin Brothers formed they became very close allies with the Bishops and Latin Counts as they joined in their fight against the Ambrose street gang from 18th and Throop.  A big power struggle was going on between Ambrose, Latin Counts and several other gangs along 18th.  The Latin Brothers laid claim to the biggest intersection in Pilsen at 18th and Ashland which was basically the heart of Pilsen which was a great accomplishment for any gang to have this territory.

The Latin Brothers adopted the colors of black and purple and their own symbols as a Trojan helmet instead of a knight’s helmet.  The LBs also adopted the spear as their symbol and this angered the rival Ambrose gang.  Ambrose viciously gunned for the LBs trying to force them to give up the spear but the LBs refused to comply and instead fought viciously back against Ambrose.  Another big enemy of the Latin Brothers was the Satan Disciples of West Pilsen that ruled the west side of 18th Street.

In the same year the Latin Brothers formed they began a section in the Little Village community at 26th and Lawndale started by Darrell, once again taking bold territory.  At this section the Latin Brothers were fighting with Ridgeway Lords and Latin Kings but mostly Ridgeway Lords.  This section closed in 1971 when Darrell moved back to 18th Street.

In the summer of 1978, the entire Pilsen area called for a major gang truce that even caught the attention of the news.  This was colossal because Pilsen was well known to be a violent neighborhood and there were several different gangs in the neighborhood.  Rivals now stopped all their wars and shook hands for the first time.  The truce all came to an end in the fall of 1978 when Ambrose shot up the founder/leader of the Latin Brothers Butler.  After Butler was slain, “Mr. Lucky” took over leadership of the Latin Brothers.  Latin Brother operations in Pilsen would never be the same again after the death of Butler.

The Latin Brothers remained a significant presence in the Pilsen neighborhood throughout the 1970s and they were invited into the People Nation alongside Bishops and Latin Counts in the year 1981.

In the year 1979 some members of the Latin Brothers moved out of Pilsen and into the Austin neighborhood on Chicago’s west side.  They settled on the north side of the Austin neighborhood north of North Ave which was a neighborhood very friendly to Latinos and still for whites too.  The first Latin Brothers to come here from 18th Street were the Burgos brothers.  Mike “Mr. LB” Burgos was the founder of this new section in Austin. Some of the original Latin Brothers of North Avenue and Latrobe were Godfather, Professor, Slick, Green Eyes, He Man, Harvey, Tank, Taco, Jeckel and Hyde, Toto Alex, Jr., Oscar and Clemente. The rest of Austin south of North Ave was becoming an all African American neighborhood fast.  The Latin Brothers settled at the intersection of North and Latrobe in 1980 and soon found new allies and new enemies.  The Latin Brothers mainly slugged it out with gangs that occupied nearby Hansen Park that was in the nearby Belmont-Cragin neighborhood and right across the train tracks, such as the Taylor Jousters that were building up a strong presence there.  The Latin Brothers also fought with the Gaylords from nearby Belmont-Cragin and Sayre Park in the early 1980s before the Gaylords had fully embraced the fact that they were People Nation too.  Other major rivals of the Brothers became Simon City Royals from Belmont-Cragin and Imperial Gangsters from over there too.  Eventually the Latin Brothers would open turf at North Ave and Lockwood and Bloomingdale and Laramie in Austin as well.

In the year 1981, the Latin Brothers joined the People alliance while some of their higher ranking members were incarcerated.

In the year 1984, the Latin Brothers had a vicious war with the North Ave and Harding Spanish Cobras that cost Hector his life and the Latin Brothers killed “Chaci-C” from the Spanish Cobras.

In the year 1985 Carlos, also known as Penguin opened up Belmont and Cicero “Brother City” in the year 1985 in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood which became the LBs first piece of territory in this community.  From Belmont and Cicero the LBs would eventually open Lockwood and Barry “Trojans Point,” Lamon and Barry “LB St,” Natchez and Palmer, Lamon and Fletcher, Belmont Ave and Kilpatrick, Cornelia and Lavergne, Cornelia and Long (Chopin Park), Wellington and Kilpatrick and having members stationed all throughout Belmont to Wellington and Kilpatrick to Knox “Evil Side.”  After this, the LBs closed their North Austin operations and focused on Belmont – Cragin area.

By the early 1990s, Latin Brother activity slowed more in Pilsen on 18th Street but they were still in operation until the early 2000s when they closed for good on 18th Street.

The year 1996 was the last stand for Latin Brothers and Gaylords in Austin as they fought a vicious gang war involving many shootings.  In the end the war was very costly for both sides causing Gaylords to become more of an underground group around Sayre Park while the Latin Brothers moved out of the area focusing more on  their operations in Belmont-Cragin.  The neighborhood in this part of Austin was also racially changing from white and Hispanic to becoming all black, this was another major factor for the Latin Brother’s departure from the North Avenue area.

At some point the Latin Brothers closed Chopin Park, Lamon and Fletcher, Natchez and Palmer and Cornelia and Lavergne; however, they maintained the rest of their Belmont-Cragin turf and have been known to protect Belmont and Cicero very tightly.  Big Mando Garcia also known as Big Flaco helped take over Barry and Knox in the year 2000 after having a strong presence there in the 1990s.  Now Barry and Knox was completely ran by LBs and it became a major stronghold and investment.  They also have been known to have serious operations at Belmont and Cicero and many gangs have tried to take this turf but it is always no dice for the rivals that come there.

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

  1.  What happened to Mr. Lucky?  What years was he running it?
  2. What was the time line of leaders up until 2000?
  3. What year did Pilsen close down?  What was the reason?
  4. What year did war start with Latin Kings?  Why did the war start?

Known sections of the Latin Brothers past and present

Austin neighborhood Established 1979

Sections of Austin

Bloomingdale & Laramie

North Ave & Lockwood

North Ave & Latrobe Established 1979

Belmont-Cragin neighborhood

Sections of Belmont-Cragin

Roscoe to Belmont, Lavergne to Cicero Established 1985 (Brother City)

Barry to Wellington, Lotus to Laramie (Trojan’s Point)

Belmont to Wellington, Lavergne to Knox (Evil Side, LB St)

Eddy to Cornelia, Lavergne to Cicero

Cornelia & Long (Chopin Park)

Palmer & Natchez

Little Village neighborhood Established 1970-1971

Sections of Little Village

26th & Lawndale

Pilsen neighborhood Established 1970

Sections of Pilsen

18th & Ashland Established 1970



Elmwood Park