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Founding locationCompton and Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1972–present
TerritoryPrimarily United States, but also Canada
EthnicityPrimarily African American; with Latinos and Native American members
Criminal activitiesMurder, drug trafficking, robbery and extortion
AlliesBloods, People Nation (Midwest), Black P. Stones, Norteños (some sets), Harvard Park Brims, ES 20s Outlaws,Van Ness Gangster Brims, Fruit Town Brims, Fruit Town Pirus
RivalsCrips, Sureños, Hoover Criminals, Asian Boyz, Folk Nation (Midwest)

The Pirus, also known as Piru Street Family and Piru Gangsters (PG), are a Los Angeles street gang alliance based in Compton, and also present in the cities of Carson, Sacramento, Hawthorne, San Diego, Fresno, Santa Barbara and Watts. Piru sets make up most of the original Blood Alliance in Los Angeles. The main colors of Pirus are red and burgundy.


In 1969, the Pirus were created by teenagers from neighborhoods and young black men. The Pirus were a gang in Compton which spread. In 1969 with the Crip alliance made by smaller gangs, the Pirus also joined, making a large "set" of the Crips. At that time, there were various sets throughout the region of Los Angeles, California. However, these sets were small groups of hustlers. In 1969, fifteen-year-old Raymond Washington started the Crips street gang with friends from his neighborhood on the East Side of South Central Los Angeles. The Crips began to attack hustler groups and cliques in order to create a larger organization.[1]

The Pirus soon joined with the Brims gang, a victim of the Crips attacks, and together in jail they created the Bloods, starting off at first as a way to address one another. Following this, new inmates entering the LA County Jail were asked by intake/deputies, "Who do you run with, the Crips or the Bloods?"[citation needed] Those who were victimized by the Crips joined the Pirus and Brims and ran with the Blood identity, which is how the Blood gang was formed. The Bloods started in jail in LA County in 1974, and the Pirus and Brims both formed on the streets in 1972.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Martinez, Juan Francisco Esteva (2008). "Bloods". In Kontos, Louis; Brotherton, David (eds.). Encyclopedia of Gangs. Westport, Konnecticut: Greenwood Press. pp. 12 –13. ISBN 978-0-313-33402-3.

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