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Founded 1972
Founding location Compton, California, United States
Years active 1972–present
Territory Los Angeles, California, (Nationwide)
Ethnicity Primarily African American; there are several also Native Americans, and Latinos
Criminal activities Murder, drug trafficking, robbery, extortion
Allies Bloods, People Nation, Nortenos
Rivals Crips, Surenos, Hoover Criminals, Folk Nation, MS-13

The Pirus or Piru Street Family are a Los Angeles, California area street gang alliance based in Compton, but also present in the cities of Carson, Inglewood, Hawthorne, San Diego, Bakersfield, and Watts. Piru sets make up most of the original Blood gang alliance in Los Angeles. The main colors are red.


In 1972, the Pirus were created by teenagers from neighborhoods and young black men returning from Vietnam. The Pirus were a gang which was in Compton and spread throughout making it one large gang, but 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 (originally called the Cribs) street gang with ten 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 they created the Bloods alliance creating the Bloods gang.

Pirus main color is burgundy and red.

Original formation of the Pirus Street Gang[edit]

In Compton, California, Washington approached the Piru Street Family in 1969 and the gang changed their name to the Piru Street Crips. The Pirus, however, were arch enemies of the gang that would become the Compton Crips, led by a teenager named Mac Thomas. According to Crips co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams, Mac Thomas and the Compton Crips were unhappy about Raymond Washington recruiting their arch rivals. According to Tookie Williams, Mac Thomas had even complained about Raymond Washington showing the Pirus the Compton Crips' turf including their personal hangouts. At one time the Pirus were a part of the Crips before they broke off from the Crips and became some of the first gangs within the Bloods. Recently large numbers of Pirus sets are becoming disenfranchised with the Bloods and are steadily becoming their own gang. This is further noted with some Pirus fighting other Blood sets and even those who are Pirus such as Fruit Town Pirus are enemies towards Tree Top Pirus and Mob Pirus, both loyal to the Bloods alliance rather than becoming their own gang.

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

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