Ashland and Cortez (Bucktown) Latin Kings ca. 1972

Posted: September 23, 2010 in Education, Gang Grafitti, Gang History, Gang Rationales, Gangs, Latin Kings, Neighborhoods

The Ashland and Cortez Latin Kings were among the first gangbangers I worked with when I was at Teen Challenge back in the early 70s. It was through their President, Michael Perez that I was introduced to all the other sections of the Latin Kings. I’ve not seen any of them since 1973. I know that Lucky was killed, but do not know what happened to any of the others. If anyone know their whereabouts, please let me know. Also let me know if you can fill in any of the names and stories of other guys in the pictures whose names I’ve forgotten.

Ashland and Cortez Latin Kings ca 1972. Lucky, Cholo, and Sonny

Ashland and Cortez (Bucktown) Latin Kings ca. 1972 no. 2

Ashland & Cortez (Bucktown) Latin Kings ca 1972 (no. 3)


Lucky’s demise is related in Chapter 37 (pp. 206 – 208) of  the book My Bloody Life by Reymundo Sanchez (Chicago Review Press, 2000).

  1. Angelic Perez says:

    Hello, My Name is Angelic Perez and I am the daughter of Michael Perez. My daddy passed when I was of a very young age. I would like to talk to you to get a little piece of the man my dad was back then. If you could please find the time to contact me, I would greatly appreciate it.

    -Angelic Perez

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