Puerto Rican Stones
Puerto Rican Stones

Puerto Rican Stones

Founded Founded in 1966 by Fingers in or near West Town: East Humboldt Park
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 story of the Puerto Rican Stones begins in the summer of 1966.  This was an explosive summer as civil rights issues brought two major riots to Chicago area including the Division Street riots in West Town and Humboldt Park.  During these riots Puerto Rican and black people came together because of the racial strife they were facing.  Newspaper reports told about Puerto Rican and black youth gangs coming together as allies shaking hands and hanging out together.  Puerto Rican youths began hanging out with the biggest black gangs in the city like the Devil’s Disciples and the Blackstone Rangers.  One group of Puerto Rican youths that hung out with Disciples ended up creating the Maniac Latin Disciples. Another group from the same East Humboldt Park neighborhood attached themselves to the Blackstone Rangers.  This group of kids played softball in Humboldt Park and lived near Lemoyne and California.  Many Puerto Rican youths played in this area and the Gaylords street gang would often prey on Puerto Rican youths attacking them in the park.  This is when Angel (Fingers) started the Puerto Rican Stones alongside the Blackstone Rangers.  The Puerto Rican Stones were to be strong allies with the Rangers but did not become a direct part of the Blackstone Rangers and were not made to be a brick in the 21 brick pyramid.  The Puerto Rican Stones were more or less looser affiliates with the Rangers but were still tied in certain ways as P.R. Stones adopted Ranger symbols of the pyramid, sun and the eye.

Within a short time the Puerto Rican Stones ended up getting into a vicious rivalry with the Latin Kings from that neighborhood during the 1966 Latin King conquests.  Latin Kings wanted to dominate West Town and Puerto Rican Stones wouldn’t have it which resulted in a very costly war for the Stones.  The Stones were the only gang in West Town that fought against Latin Kings and survived elimination.  The Stone were likely the toughest Hispanic rival for the Latin Kings.

 

 

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

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 about 1971 the Puerto Rican Stones left their original hood in East Humboldt Park as wars with Latin Kings, Spanish Cobras, Maniac Latin Disciples and various white gangs became taxing, also the Stones wanted to focus more on other neighborhoods of interest and put their forces in the Lakeview area instead.

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?

Questions:

  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?