Puerto Rican Stones
Puerto Rican Stones

Puerto Rican Stones

Founded Founded in 1966
Founding story

Founded Illinois correctional system, Lakeview, Barry and Sheffield

Formerly known as

P.R. Stones

Affiliations People Nation — 1978 – give;
Colors Black and Orange
Primary ethnicities Latino (Puerto Rican)
Symbols Pyramid, Eye, Sun, and Crescent Moon
Symbol usage

21 brick pyramid

Status Extinct

The biggest story that has gone around the internet about the foundation of the Puerto Rican Stones is that the organization came to be from Danny Valez while behind prison walls in 1968; however, there have been those that have said the P.R. Stones did not begin in prison and were not founded by Valez.  It was said Valez was a former Latin Eagle gang member from the Lakeview community that got out of prison in 68 and started the Stones as Barry and Sheffield.  This story doesn’t really make sense to me as I just could never connect the dots of how some Eagles that were allegedly accused of snitching by their own kind in prison were able to flip to Black P Stones in the joint and start their own Stone nation on the streets.

What makes more sense to me is that the P.R. Stones are older than 1968.  In the year 1966, there was indeed a major movement on the north side where blacks and Puerto Ricans were coming together in protest that summer against police brutality and unfair treatment.  It was even publicized by the Chicago Tribune that summer that black and Puerto Rican gangs were coming together in protest cutting each other with knives and shaking their bloody hands together declaring themselves brothers.  It is a fact that the Black Disciples from Cabrini Green united with Puerto Rican youths from East Humboldt Park that summer to help them created the Latin Disciples street gang that we know today as the notorious Maniac Latin Disciples.  It has also been accounted for by old timers from the East Humboldt Park area that the Puerto Rican Stones were in the same neighborhood since 1966 and this was their first section until they left the area in the early 1970s.  This makes complete sense because if the Disciples were able to help create a Puerto Rican group of theirs that summer why couldn’t the Black P Stones do the same thing that summer?  It would especially make sense that Stones could come from Cabrini Green to sponsor some Puerto Rican kids from the same neighborhood as the Latin Disciples to create the Puerto Rican Stones.  You would have the Black Disciples helping create the Latin Disciples and the Black P Stones helping form the Puerto Rican Stones.  This makes lots of sense especially since there were people from East Humboldt Park that remember a section of P.R. Stones back in those days before Barry and Sheffield.  If people remember P.R. Stones in East Village between the years 1966 to 1973 it really seems plausible the P.R. Stones started there in 1966 during the black and Puerto Rican unity in the summer of ’66.

This is perhaps the biggest event that led to the creation of the Latin Disciples and Puerto Rican Stones

The Danny Valez story is very likely true too but I don’t believe it was the foundation of the P.R. Stones, seems like just the founding story of Barry and Sheffield that for sure started in 1968.  Perhaps Valez met P.R. Stones in prison and flipped to P.R. Stone when locked up and perhaps tried to advance the nation higher onto the Black P Stone 21 brick pyramid of hierarchy but because of racial differences it couldn’t happen.  Danny Valez  Tito Saprio and James Santana started Barry and Sheffield in 1968 in the Lakeview neighborhood.  At this corner many young pre-teen age youths in the area joined the P.R. Stones between 1968 and 1969 and they began congregating in the Kenmore Playlot at 3141 N. Kenmore Ave.  The first enemies of these Lakeview P.R. Stones were the Simon City Royals who also arrived in the neighborhood in 1968 and the Latin Eagles because Velez declared war on them.  By the early 1970s the Stones were battling the Aristocrats as well, especially since the Stones were opening territory at Belmont and Clifton, Wilton and Barry and Wellington and Kenmore.

As the 1970s rolled in, Velez went on to conquer territory at Lawrence and Kedzie in the Albany Park neighborhood.  The Stones would also open in the Logan Square neighborhood at Diversey and California where they built up a solid stronghold until 1992.

In 1973 Puerto Rican Stones opened a new branch on the more southern part of the city in the Marshall Square neighborhood at the intersection of 21st and Marshall Boulevard.  This branch wore the Puerto Rican flag colors of red, white and blue instead of black and orange.  These P.R. Stones hung out with the “Kents” in the area and made friends with the “Artistics” as well.  In 1980, the Artistics, Kents and P.R. Stones merged to become the “Artistic Stone Kents.”

In April, 1978 when the People Nation alliance was created the P.R. Stones were invited to join which brought them back into an alliance with EL Rukns.  This would also ally the Stones with Latin Kings because back in the 1970s Latin Kings and P.R. Stones were not friends but instead rivals.

On Saturday March 10, 1979 the P.R. Stones made a name for themselves when they gunned down the leader of the Latin Eagles in broad day light in the middle of a busy shopping area.  On this day Ignace Kholl A.K.A Walter Knapp “The Iceman” who was known to be a Latin Eagles enforcer that just got promoted to becoming the leader a few months before was shot to death around 1 in the afternoon out in front of Goldblatt’s Department Store at 3149 N. Lincoln Ave (near the six corners intersection of Lincoln Ave, Ashland and Belmont) in the Lakeview neighborhood.  A young member of the P.R. Stones walked up behind him with a nickel plated revolver and shot him in the back of the head then calmly walked off and disappeared into the crowd (Chicago Tribune, March 11, 1979 P. 1) A few years later in 1983 the P.R. Stones from Leland and Kedzie were accredited for killing the Simon City Royal’s leader Todd “Dillinger” Brewer in the Albany Park neighborhood as the two gangs disputed each other for power in the neighborhood.  Once again the P.R. Stones were known for cutting the head off the snake.

In 1983, a new gang formed in the Albany Park neighborhood called the “Puerto Rican Future Stones” that comprised of former Latin Kings from Lawrence and Kimball that were angered that their organization did not retaliate for the death of a member named “Stoney.”

The Future Stones started at the intersection of Leland and Kedzie but the “Future” part of their name did not mean they were Future members of the P.R. Stones.  I personally theorize that the Future Stones were created with a certain alliance from the immediate start with the P.R. Stones, I do not think they just started then happened to form an alliance and absorb into each other.

The history of the Future Stones is a little sketchy but, nevertheless, the Future Stones and P.R. Stones were united in Albany Park and in no time and the Future Stones were immediately part of the People Nation alliance.  I am not going to get into the whole Future Stone of La Familia Stone histories on this page because I have their histories on separate pages you can view for Futures and Familias.

BY 1987 the Puerto Rican Stones were upset once again with their allies the Latin Kings.  The P.R. Stones hated the Latin Kings for the first decade of the Stone’s existence and were forced to get along with the Kings once the Stones joined the People Nation, but now Latin Kings were moving in on drug territory controlled by P.R. Stones and it was angering higher ranked members, this is when the Stones held a meeting with the Insane Deuce leader “Blade” and Ghetto Brothers Organization members to discuss declaring war on the Latin Kings together, but the plan ended up not going through.

The P.R. Stones slowly moved into retirement in the later 1980s as youths were more geared toward joining the Future Stones instead of P.R. Stones and P.R. Stones were no longer big on recruiting anyway, then by the early 1990s recruitment completely stopped and members were retiring left and right.

the P.R. Stones went extinct by the mid 1990s and instead assimilated with the Familia Stones to create one big family that combined P.R. Stones, Future Stones and Familia Stones under one umbrella, but only the Familia Stone name would remain on the streets.

The P.R. Stone last big piece of attention was a Brown’s Chicken shooting incident in the Palatine, Illinois suburb on January 8, 1993 at 168 W. Northwest Highway.  Gang members Juan Luna and Joseph Degorski shot and killed 7 employees including the two owners during a robbery of the restaurant.  The case was unsolved until 2002 when both were arrested and convicted. Both of these men were alleged members of the P.R. Stones.  That was the last heard of the P.R. Stones.  Most members retired or went to prison.

Please send in 1960s and 1970s pics?


  1. Were the P.R. Stones indeed started in 1966 in East Humboldt Park?
  2. What happened to Danny Velez?  What year was he out?
  3. What is the time line of leaders before the year 2000?
  4. What year did Albany Park open?
  5. What year did Logan Square open?
  6. Why did the P.R. Stones and Latin Kings not get along in the 1970s before the People nation?
  7. What exact year did the P.R. Stones completely decide to close up shop?