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  1. LITTLE SEOUL Little Seoul is a bustling multi-cultural enclave in Los Santos, SA. The neighborhood is known for its density in East Asian and Latin American populations. Numerous ethnic groups are represented in this 4,275km² neighborhood. They include Koreans, Japanese, Mexicans, Salvadorans, and Hondurans. The businesses contain cafes, convenience stores, and bars. Little Seoul was known for its Korean emigrant population, which formed the largest Korean minority in the entire Western United States until 1992. Koreans first started arriving in Little Seoul during the 1950s and 1960s, fleeing from warfare, regime changes, authoritarianism, and militancy in South Korea. In the 2020s, Koreans are increasingly in decline in Little Seoul as Latin American immigration becomes more prominent, and other Asians such as Chinese immigrants begin to move in. Little Seoul is an urban neighborhood in West Los Santos that is bordered by Rockford Hills to the north, Downtown and Strawberry to the east, Vespucci to the west and La Puerta to the south. Little Seoul was a commercial area until the 1940s when many of the office buildings and businesses were redeveloped and repurposed for homes needed for returning World War 2 veterans. During the 1950s the veterans moved further out to the suburbs as the first refugees from the Korean War began arriving. The Korean population in Little Seoul peaked in 1987 but has been in a documented decline since the 1992 Los Santos riots. Despite their decreasing population, Korean businesses still form the majority of commerce in the neighborhood. International Asian corporations such as Kayton and Wiwang are headquartered there. During the 2000s Korean and Latin American business owners cooperatively ran restaurants together, during which they created infusions between Korean and Latin American cuisine. It's a densely populated and historically working-class neighborhood with an ethnically diverse and multicultural population. Many buildings in the area have Korean signage, and some of them are named after bars and restaurants in Seoul, South Korea. The criminal underworld in Little Seoul emerged during the 1960s and 70s with Korean criminal organizations enjoying a "golden era" from roughly 1963 until 2007. Gangs of Korean migrant adolescents were formed in the 1970s, and they included the Korean Playboys (KPB) & Red Tiger Gang (RTG). Simultaneously, the Korean Mob (Kkangpae) was documented by the LSPD and FBI as early as 1969. Since the 2000s the Korean Playboys are a dwindling gang of Kkangpae enforcers, while the Red Tiger Gang was disbanded by the LSPD in 1998. As of 2021, Korean criminality in the neighborhood has been rapidly outpaced by Latin American gangs such as 18th Street and the Mara Salvatrucha 13. The 18th Street gang mainly occupies the northern part of Ginger Street and has since the early 1990s. The first Mara Salvatrucha gang formed in Little Seoul was the Palomino Stoners, formed in 1981 by Salvadoran Civil War refugees and ex-insurgents. Despite MS-13's Salvadoran supremacist mentality, the Palomino Stoners were known for their tolerance and even acceptance of Koreans in the neighborhood. Some Korean American teenagers have allegedly been recruited into the Mara Salvatrucha since the early 2000s, according to LSPD Gang & Narcotics detectives. THE MARA SALVATRUCHA 13 The Mara Salvatrucha 13, known in the United States and Latin America as La Mara, The Two Letters, Trece Diecenueve, or simply MS-13, is a Central American street gang and transnational criminal organization that originated in Los Santos in the early 1980s. The Mara Salvatrucha's founding members were Northern Triangle refugees, fleeing the civil wars and revolutions taking place in Central American countries. Many of the gang's OGs were communist guerrillas during the civil wars. Other "mareros" were once soldiers in the national armies or illegal migrant workers. During the 1980s many Guatemalans, Salvadorans, and Nicaraguans were refused entry into the United States as refugees. Resultantly, Central Americans illegally settled across the American Southwest without any documentation. These migrants created Latino communities called "barrios" around their new cities. Most emigrants were faced with poverty, unemployment, workplace exploitation, racial profiling, and criminality. These austere conditions provided a flourishing environment for criminal gangs to form. Throughout the 1980s ragtag criminal groups of Salvadoran migrants popped up around Los Santos, SA. Among these competing groups, the Mara Salvatrucha Stoners grew pre-eminent by absorbing other disorganized gangs. The Mara Salvatrucha Stoners were concentrated in Little Seoul, East Vinewood, and Mirror Park, for the most part. Known for their attendance at punk rock concerts, and for smoking dope in public parks. Their revenue primarily came from selling marijuana and psychedelics, but they eschewed heavier drugs. Faced with hateful prejudice from other racial minorities, the Mara Salvatrucha Stoners became a fully-fledged street gang quite rapidly. This was achieved out of perceived necessity, as many Central Americans were denied employment and harassed by Mexican-Americans, Koreans, and blacks. The gang replicated wartime violence against other ethnic gangs such as the Bloods, Crips, Sureños, and the Korean Playboys (KPB). These street wars were seen as inter-ethnic clashes by the mainstream media and the general population of Los Santos. Within a decade the Mara Salvatrucha garnered a very fearful and notorious reputation around Los Santos. They employed insurgent tactics against rival gangs that involved sniper attacks, IEDs, non-explosive boobytraps, and alleyway ambushes. The Los Santos police and FBI documented the gang in 1986. Shortly thereafter Central American gang-bangers started getting deported in waves. These massive deportations are still happening today, and are often attributed to the MS-13's rapid rise and proliferation throughout Latin American countries such as El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and a much lesser extent, Southern Mexico. Until 1989 the Mara Salvatrucha collaborated with the 18th Street Gang in Los Santos. They partnered during street wars, narcotics production, and gun-running around the city. But in 1989 a Mirror Park-based MS-13 criminal was gunned down by an 18th Street Gang member. This killing was allegedly over a girlfriend who'd been romantically approached, rejected, and allegedly sexually assaulted by the deceased marero. Communication between the gangs broke down, and bloodshed immediately followed. From 1989-1995 alone, 200 criminals from both gangs had been killed across Los Santos. The first 5 years of the street war were especially brutal, as guerrilla-esque fighting ran rampant around the barrios. The Los Santos police were poorly equipped to handle this problem, and local gangs lacked the militant experience for effective defenses. In the late 1990s the Mexican Mafia were forced to mediate the situation because their profits were adversely affected. Additionally, the street war had received excessive attention from law enforcement and mainstream media. When the street wars of the 1980s and 1990s gradually died down between the years of 1996 and 1999, the Mara Salvatrucha was no longer a single clique of Salvadoran gang-bangers who identified with punk rock culture. They were a new and vicious breed of street gang who was feared throughout the city's impoverished districts and slums for their cold-blooded approach to crime. It was during this time period that the Mexican Mafia (eMe) met with Mara Salvatrucha shot-callers in the streets, and brought them under the umbrella of Latino gangs in Southern San Andreas. The shot-callers from the Mara Salvatrucha agreed to the Mexican Mafia's demands and officially added 13 to their street gang's name, thus making them the Mara Salvatrucha 13. MS-13 and 18th Street expanded to the American Midwest and Northeast in the 1990s. This was done to avoid harsher criminal penalties in San Andreas. Deportations heavily continued into the 2000s, with the eventual peak in 2003. Policing priorities shifted away from criminal gangs towards Islamic terrorism, as the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) was well underway. Exploiting this internal resource allocation. In addition to their even heavier presence in Los Santos and western states, the Mara Salvatrucha rapidly proliferated along the East Coast of the USA. Many Caribbean and South American kids were picked up for recruitment, much to the anger of other Latino gangs. Teenagers were sometimes forcibly taken from the streets and dysfunctional homes. They were made to join the gang under the threat of death. Entrepreneurial gang leaders from as far away as Los Santos and El Salvador would forever try to make the East Coast theirs. The region became a testing ground for some of the gang’s most ambitious schemes. Mostly failed forays into drug dealing, cigarette contraband, and human trafficking, but the MS-13 was also splintering. In the Eastern States of the US, cliques with Los Santos roots competed for attention from San Andreas-based gang leaders. Cliques originally based in El Salvador looked to Central America for direction. Still, others were native to the region and sought to build their own reputation within the gang instead. This diffuse nature caused the MS-13 gang to become a splintered organization mainly consisting of different sub-factions that became known within the gang as "programs" or "ranflas." The disorganization made for a near-constant leadership vacuum. Violent intergang reprisals led to police crackdowns—key members would go to prison and cliques would weaken. As new leaders emerged and cliques clawed back power, another violent incident would lead to more arrests and another power vacuum, perpetuating the cycle. Before long the gang on both sides of the country began a process of internal cleansing. MS-13 cliques turned on one another, and instead of focusing on street wars with rival gangs, were more focused on wiping each other out than anything else. This lasted for roughly 10 years before the internal war became nothing more than a washed-up rivalry between the MS-13's two main programs in the region, with some flare-ups during the early 2010s. Aside from the rare occasions when inter-program violence spilled into San Andreas, Los Santos-based MS-13 members were for the most part careless about the politics of their East Coast counterparts, and many looked down on the MS-13 gangs outside of San Andreas. Throughout the late 2000s and early 2010s, the Mara Salvatrucha in San Andreas rapidly organized itself and continued to operate heavily in their traditional neighborhoods of Little Seoul, Hawick, and East Vinewood. During this time period the Mara Salvatrucha made little noise in the street gang underworld and only made headlines once in 2011 when the FBI indicted the Vinewood Locos Salvatruchas clique on racketeering, intimidation, and murder charges. Among those arrested in the 2011 indictment was Irwin "Porky" Melendez. Melendez was alleged to have been the leader of the Mara Salvatrucha in San Andreas and was involved in a scheme with his fellow East Vinewood gang members to use the Mexican Mafia and the Arellano Félix Organization's pull in the criminal underworld to expand his control over the MS-13 street gangs across the US, and attempted to establish a drug pipeline that went from Tijuana to Florida. This plan came crashing down, and Irwin received a death sentence at the Bolingbroke Correctional Facility after he killed a Vinewood man and his entire family in a horrific gang-related attack. More crackdowns on the street gang took place throughout the mid to late 2010s as knowledge of the gang's heinous crimes began to become common knowledge. In 2017 several key members of the gang's Little Seoul offshoot were arrested in a RICO indictment dubbed "Operation 13 Scoops." A third RICO sting took place in 2019 where several members of the Mara Salvatrucha's Northside clique were targeted and arrested in Hawick following a series of brutal, medieval-style murders on rival gang members throughout Los Santos county. In one instance the victim's heart was carved out of his body after gang members witnessed him deface MS-13 graffiti in the area. In modern times the Mara Salvatrucha street gang in Los Santos isn't what it once was. It still maintains strongholds in Little Seoul, East Vinewood, Hawick, and other Western Los Santos suburbs, but is far less influential in East Los Santos, South Central, and Vespucci Beach, due to ongoing conflicts with Chicano street gangs in those areas. The Mara Salvatrucha street gang and transnational criminal organization's primary source of income in Los Santos and the rest of the country is derived from criminal activities such as drug dealing, gun dealing, mass narcotics distribution, mass firearm distribution, extortion, hijacking, automotive vehicle theft, stolen auto exports, contract killing, human trafficking, sex trafficking, and organ trafficking. The membership of the Mara Salvatrucha in Los Santos is largely made up of teenagers whose ethnic origins lay in Central American countries such as Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. A minority of members from the set are fresh off of the boat immigrants from the aforementioned countries, though this minority are almost all Americanized. Prospective street gang members are typically between the ages of 12 and 18 years old, usually coming from broken homes and dysfunctional families, or are heavily involved with the bullying phenomenon at area schools. It is rare for the set to recruit people over the age of 18, even though the shot-callers themselves are in their late teens and early 20s. As already stated, the street gang recruits teenagers who are caught up in very vulnerable situations with their biological families and/or in the school system, which makes them prime targets for coercion and intimidation. Teenagers who have outright refused to join up with the set in years past have faced beatings, stabbings, and in rare situations getting murdered on a whim. This fear of death, along with severe physical harm to a prospective member's friends/family helps to instill a sense of loyalty in new recruits and initiated members. Early on in a street gang member's career, they'll be made to deal illicit narcotics and stolen firearms by the higher-ups before they're able to move on to more severe crimes such as drive-by shootings and premeditated murders. LINDSAY LOCOS SALVATRUCHAS The Lindsay Locos Salvatruchas (MS LLS) is a medium sized clique of the Mara Salvatrucha 13 street gang and transnational criminal organization based in the Little Seoul neighborhood of West Los Santos. It is among the oldest Mara Salvatrucha cliques in Los Santos. It was formed in 1984 by cousins Alejandro and Manuel Dueñas, ostensibly to act as a protection force for Salvadorans against other racial minorities. The Dueñas cousins were economic migrants from El Salvador who arrived in the United States in 1982. Upon failing to find lucrative employment, they turned to violent crime. Eventually, they formed a gang that comprised of other Salvadoran migrants. The Mara Salvatrucha Lindsay Locos maintain very strong and friendly ties with most other Mara Salvatrucha 13 cliques in all regions of Los Santos. They especially have strong ties with the Ginger Locos (GLS), Tiny Winos (TWS), and Palomino Locos (PLS). However, they're known to feud with other MS13 cliques as well, mainly the Calais Lil Cycos (CLCS), with whom they fought a three-year war for control of Decker Park. HISTORY The Lindsay Locos Salvatruchas were originally called the Usulutan Asesinos because the Dueñas cousins were from Usulutan. Even though the gang’s nominal purpose was to protect other Salvadorans, they were heavily involved with crime from the start. They sold drugs and ran guns across West Los, while also replicating barbaric levels of gang violence that took place in El Salvador. Coupled with their brutal approach to crime, they were self-described racists who openly hated non-Central Americans. Mexican-Americans were particularly targeted in racial hate crimes. Reports of brutal homicides, gang rapes, dismemberments and other barbaric crimes carried out by the gang had reached the Los Santos police by 1985. The gang formally joined forces with the Los Santos-based Mara Salvatrucha Stoners in 1986. Their name changed to the Lindsay Locos Salvatruchas. Lindsay in particular was derived from Lindsay Circus, on which the gang was mostly active. With the backing of MS13’s central leadership, their organization became more sophisticated while recruitment drastically increased. They broadened their preferences to include non-Salvadorans, such as Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Nicaraguans. Youth were picked up from schools, community centers, sports associations, and the streets. It was around this time that they recruited first-generation Americans into the gang, whose parents came from the Northern Triangle. By the late 1990s, the gang ran with a notorious reputation for barbaric violence and heinous crimes. Sexual assaults, rapes, homicides, and mutilation were the modus operandi for the gang. They often went short of profit due to their indulgence in violence, which strained their relationship with the Mexican Mafia. They usually prioritized community terrorism over revenue from drugs, guns, car thefts, robberies, and other traditional crimes. This resulted in the gang becoming widely feared and hated across West Los Santos. They were largely responsible as a sole party for their rivalries against the 18th Street Gang, Playboys, Bloods, and Crips. At one point, rivals such as the Bloods and Crips would join forces to massively attack the Lindsay Locos as they were posted up in the streets. MODERNITY Today the Lindsay Locos Salvatruchas still exist but in a weakened and disorganized state. MS13’s centralized authority had greenlit the gang since 2009, and it wasn’t until 2020 that this order was rescinded. While greenlit they were allied with the Mexican Mafia but heavily beefed with the Sureños around West Los. These conflicting allegiances, coupled with their approach to community terrorism made them into a universally hated clique around Los Santos. Throughout the 2010s the gang had a large focus on community terrorism. Their most common “torture crimes” included sexual assaults, ransom kidnappings, homicides, and Medieval-style Street executions. These activities, which were shunned by both centralized MS13 and the Mexican Mafia, drew undesired news media attention. The gang became especially notorious after a 2013 Kentucky Fried Chicken hostage incident, in which 3 civilians were killed, and the 2017 abduction and homicide of Juliet Bell, the niece of Los Santos police Staff Sergeant Todd Bell. This brutal culture was fostered into the gang by Oscar “Diablito” Villarama, a Palomino Locos (MS PLS) defector with military experience. Villarama had joined the US Marine Corps in 2002 and served two tours of the Iraq War as a tank crewman. Upon his honorable discharge in 2008, he brought tactical combat training back to the Palomino Locos. He was promoted to lieutenant in the PLS hierarchy. However, a falling out with the PLS shot-callers forced his defection to the LLS clique in 2011. The culture he brought to the gang was allegedly inspired by the brutal conditions of fighting in Baghdad and Fallujah. Villarama purchased several inexpensive properties across West Los Santos in the early 2010s. These properties were purchased using laundered money from drug production & distribution. Located on dead-end streets for a sense of security, the detached homes were converted into drug dens, weapon caches, and “torture dungeons” for the Lindsay Locos. Aside from the production of methamphetamine and fentanyl, these properties were the end location for abducted civilians and gang rivals. The victims were tortured to death by the gang inside, who discreetly disposed of the bodies in gallon-sized drums or dumpsters. Villarama was arrested and criminally charged by the LSPD during a relevant drug distribution case in 2017. Seven other Lindsay Locos members were also arrested. While remanded in the Men’s Central Jail, Villarama was stabbed to death by the Alley Locos 13 (ALS13). He was killed by his cellmate in the middle of the night. His cellmate, James “Filero” Covarrubias, is currently serving a 45-year sentence for the homicide and other irrelevant convictions. NOTABLE INCIDENTS On July 16, 2005, LLS founder Alejandro Dueñas was approached by local and federal authorities at his home in Little Seoul about an arrest warrant and his undocumented status. Dueñas opened fire on the police from his 3rd story window with a Ruger Mini-14 rifle, which resulted in 5 non-fatal casualties. He was killed by the police after they explosively breached his apartment unit. His cousin and fellow LLS founder, Manuel Dueñas, fled the United States for Mexico earlier that summer. To this day his whereabouts remain unknown. It is suspected that he’s residing in Tijuana, but this hasn’t been confirmed. On October 7, 2013, five members of the Lindsay Locos overtook a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Strawberry. Armed with machetes, they caused a hostage situation that went on for over twelve hours. The gang emptied the cash registers, terrorized the employees, and killed randomly selected customers. All of the deceased customers were African-Americans, which led the LSPD to believe that the siege was racially motivated. The victims were hacked to death and dismembered; their remains were strewn all around the restaurant. The incident ended on the same day when a Los Santos police SWAT team assaulted the restaurant. Three gang members were immediately shot to death; two were apprehended as they attempted to flee through the rear exits. Two Honduran nationals were given death row sentences in 2015, and are currently being served out at San Quentin State Prison. On September 22, 2017, the body of Juliet Bell was discovered in an alleyway in Little Seoul. She had been stabbed to death and her heart had been torn from her body. Her heart still hasn’t been recovered. The bodies of two other young women were discovered around West Los in the following three weeks. They had all been brutally murdered in the same fashion. On December 18, the Los Santos police arrested and criminally charged Federico “Grim Reaper” Escalón and Hugo “Lil Spider” Alfaro with the homicides. The three women had been publicly murdered and brutalized after being falsely accused of defacing an LLS mural in the area. In reality, the mural had been vandalized by the 18th Street gang, and the young women were merely used as scapegoats. Following Bell’s homicide, her uncle internally pushed for an injunction into the gang. From March-May 2019 the Lindsay Locos were subject to a gang injunction. Twenty-four arrests were made with applicable criminal charges. The police were especially forceful with the injunction as a relative of one of their own had been senselessly killed by the gang. Numerous incidents of police brutality were recorded, but nothing was internally done to correct the problem. The injunction crippled the Lindsay Locos as their key members were all eventually incarcerated. Only one member was acquitted after a hung jury, and she has since fled back to her native Guatemala. MAJOR EVENTS THE AUGUST 23RD 1996 TEQUI-LA-LA NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING At 11 PM on August 23, 1996, a group of five Mara Salvatrucha 13 members arrived at the Tequi-La-La nightclub near the Little Armenia quarter of West Vinewood. The five Mara Salvatrucha members had been partying throughout the night and were drunk on hard liquor and stoned on marijuana when they arrived at the nightclub. Due to their current intoxication, they were refused entry into the club by the Armenian bouncers, who hardly spoke any English. This language barrier was taken as an insult by the Mara Salvatrucha members, who mistakenly shouted anti-Indian slurs at the nightclub bouncers while simultaneously starting a scuffle. Pushes became violent shoves and, eventually, fists were thrown. The four bouncers outside of the nightclub were overwhelmed at first, but the crowd gathered outside of the nightclub who were all waiting to enter helped the effort of the four bouncers. This abruptly became a tragedy when two members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang drew pistols from their jackets and opened fire into the crowd at close range, instantly striking many members of it. Two of the bouncers drew pistols of their own and returned fire, though did not strike the Mara Salvatrucha members, as they were absorbed in the crowd. The two MS-13 members beat and shot their way through the crowd before indiscriminately firing into it. Return fire from bouncers was ineffective, and the two gang members fled unscathed in a pickup truck. The rest of the Mara Salvatrucha members escaped except for a member who was beaten, knocked unconscious, and trampled all over by the crowd. When the ten minutes of chaos had ended, six people were dead, along with seventeen being critically injured, making it one of the worst shootings in Vinewood and surrounding areas in 13 years. On scene, the Los Santos Police Department arrested Rodney Vallejo, 24, of Little Seoul. He was hospitalized under the custody of police before being placed in a pre-trial detention annex of the Los Santos County Jail because of his extreme injuries suffered when he was horribly beaten by the crowd. James Orejon, 18, of Decker Park Locos Salvatruchas (DPLS), Alejando Villanueva, 20, of the Hawick Criminales Salvatruchas (HCS), and Andres Gramajo, 16, of the San Vitus Locos Salvatruchas (SVLS), fled on foot and were all arrested by the Los Santos Police Department together while hiding in a dumpster in the Vinewood neighborhood at 5 AM on August 23, 1996. Andrew Perez, 21, of Hawick, and Ronald Ortiz, 23, of Vinewood, were both arrested by the San Andreas Sheriff's Department while in hiding on a derelict farm in the Grapeseed region in the northern end of Blaine County on November 9, 1996. They had been living in abandoned barns and a farmhouse on the derelict farm for months...and were living off of bottled water and canned food that had been stolen from grocery stores in the Chumash and Paleto Bay areas. They were discovered living in hiding in deplorable conditions after several dozen local farmers reported them to police in unison. James Orejon was tried, convicted, and sentenced to 5 years of life in prison for his role as an accomplice in the deadly shooting. Andrew Perez and Ronald Ortiz were both tried, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole for their roles as the gunmen in the shooting. Alejando Villanueva and Andres Gramajo were both tried, convicted, and sentenced to 10 years of life in prison for their roles as accomplices in the deadly shooting. All of these men entered the San Andreas penal system in 1999 after a frenzied trial rocked the city. At age 39, Rodney Vallejo was released from state prison in 2012 after serving 13 years behind bars. James Orejon was released from state prison in 2016 after serving 17 years behind bars, aged 38. Andrew Perez was stabbed to death during a riot at the maximum-security Bolingbroke Correctional Facility on December 28-30, 1999, at age 31. Ronald Ortiz died from cancer while incarcerated in 2009, at age 46. Alejandro Villanova and Andres Gramajo were released from incarceration in 2010 after serving 11 years behind bars. Two months after their release from incarceration, they were deported to their native Guatemala, aged 33 and 29. THE APRIL 4TH 2011 MURDERS OF MARCUS ZELAYA AND HIS FAMILY (PICTURED) IRWIN 'PORKY' MELENDEZ (RIGHT) PHOTOGRAPHED WITH AN UNKNOWN MS-13 MEMBER (LEFT) Irwin 'Porky' Melendez was a shot-caller of the Vinewood Locos Salvatruchas, a W/S Mara Salvatrucha cell located in East Vinewood. He was born to a father who was a former Salvadoran war guerrilla who was afflicted with PTSD and major depression from his fighting in the war. His mother was a war refugee from El Salvador who fled the country to avoid being arrested for helping to assassinate the brother of the chief of police in El Congo, Santa Ana Department. He joined the Mara Salvatrucha's click in East Vinewood, the Vinewood Locos Salvatruchas, in order to obtain protection from bullies at school. He started out as a drug dealer on the corners in all of Vinewood...but quickly garnered a fierce reputation when he began fighting against his bullies at school. Years of pent-up anger exploded, which resulted in him hospitalizing one of his bullies for 4 months in a schoolyard fight, in which he savagely beat his bully to a pulp with a tire iron. He was incarcerated in the San Andreas Youth Authority for 2 years at 15 years old and joined inmate and convict clicks of the Mara Salvatrucha 13 within the penitentiary. He was released from incarceration and hit the streets soon after, where he was initiated into the Vinewood clique nine months later at age 17. He committed his first gang-related murders in the months leading up to his jump-in and the months after it. At the age of 18, he joined the United States Army as an enlisted recruit in June 2008. He did so with the primary aim of learning tactical shooting and other tactical maneuvers in both open and urban combat so that he could train his fellow gang members in the streets once he returned from duty. He was assigned to an OSUT unit, also known as One Station Unit Training in Fort Benning, Georgia. He was sworn into the United States Army with the rank of Private (PV2), stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas - with the 18th Infantry Regiment within the 1st Infantry Division. In January 2009 he was deployed to Afghanistan as a part of troop rotations and served in Kandahar Province and Kabul Province in the country. It was here that he saw combat against the Taliban and local Pashtun tribal militias, and got first-hand experience in warfare as a soldier on the frontline. While serving in Afghanistan he went out of his way to kill as many Taliban operatives and Pashtun tribal militia members as humanly possible. He dismembered the fingers and ears of the Taliban and Pashtun tribal militia fighters that he knew he killed by shooting, keeping them as war souvenirs. He completed his tour of duty after he was rotated out of Afghanistan in June 2009 as a 19-year-old. Shortly after his return from deployment, his complex post-traumatic stress disorder began coming to fruition as the months went by. He was struck with major depression, and his day-to-day work on base drastically fell behind standards. And, given his natural authority problems, began acting out against his superiors while on base. Because of how good he was at masking his mental illnesses and true nature, nobody truly noticed what was happening with him until much later on. Due to mental health concerns and a lengthy pattern of misconduct that saw him spend days on end in the stockade, he was granted a general discharge from the United States Army at the rank of Specialist in August 2010, aged 20. After being discharged from the military he received little to no help from Veteran's Affairs, and thus had no socioeconomic support to keep him away from his previous lifestyle of gang-banging. Thus, he migrated back to West Los Santos after trying to make a living for himself in Kansas City for 4 months. He was welcomed back by the Vinewood Locos Salvatruchas, who greatly benefited from his expertise in firearms, tactical shooting, and other troop tactics. As a side to his activities, he began murdering the set's rivals in the streets far more efficiently than anybody else was. Drug dealing, and especially firearm dealing became the day-to-day norm for him and his own little social group within the set. His drug dealing and firearm dealing ring eventually came in contact with a 31-year-old retired Westside Playboys 13 street gang member, Marcus Zelaya - who resided in his old set's territory in Little Seoul, a metropolitan suburb of West Los Santos. In February 2011, Irwin Melendez and his social group made a group effort to arrange a drug and firearms deal with Marcus Zelaya, but only to backstab him right as it was happening. They gave Marcus Zelaya counterfeit money in exchange for ten ounces of crystal methamphetamine that was produced by Playboys 13 gang members in the neighborhood. When Marcus Zelaya found out that he had been screwed over, he hired hits on Irwin Melendez and his entire social group. When Irwin Melendez found out about this, he personally went to Marcus Zelaya's condominium unit on Palomino Avenue in the wee hours of April 4, 2011, and shot him, his wife, and two daughters to death with a silenced handgun as they slept in their bedrooms. He also shot the family pets to death. The aquarium tank which housed eight exotic South American species of fish was shot and shattered in the living room. After the fish landed on the ground and simultaneously became exposed to air, he crushed them to death by stomping on them or tearing them apart with his bare hands. He pillaged the condominium unit after the murdering of the family and killing of their pets, where he made off with tens of thousands of dollars in cash and debit cards. Upon warrants being issued for his arrest in the barbaric murders of Marcus Zelaya's family and the killing of all of their family pets, he tried to flee San Andreas for Arizona in May 2011, though ended up being intercepted on the way by state troopers from the San Andreas Sheriff's Department. He would spend the next year in a maximum-security annex of the Los Santos County Jail precinct before standing trial in a state criminal court for the murders, animal cruelty, and theft. He pled guilty to all of his misdemeanors and felonies, but when the judge asked him in court about why he carried the murders out in such a savage manner, he simply replied that "It was was due to business." He was sentenced to execution in the maximum-security Bolingbroke Correctional Facility in May 2012 and is still serving time on death row. His execution date is projected for sometime in 2026. Irwin "Porky" Melendez's barbarism towards Marcus Zelaya, his family, and their livelihoods, played a very integral part in putting the Mara Salvatrucha on the map as being one of, if not the most dangerous street gang in West Los Santos. THE MAY 18TH 2013 LITTLE SEOUL SHOOTING At 2 AM on May 18, 2013, two recently initiated members of the Palomino Locos Salvatruchas clique of the MS-13 were driving around Little Seoul in a 2007 Annis Pinnacle sedan. During their night-time drive, two vehicles began tailing them before driving around erratically in the road. Eventually, the two vehicles came to a stop in front and behind the 2007 Annis Pinnacle. Gang signs which were known to be used by members of the 18th Street gang were displayed towards the MS-13 affiliates. Upon seeing this, the two gang-bangers from the Palomino Locos abruptly left their vehicle with handguns drawn. They charged the other cars and shot everybody inside of them before fleeing the scene in a rush. James Penagos, 19, of Lindsay Circus, and Ricardo Enamorado, 17, of Palomino Avenue, were arrested 3 months later while found living in hiding in the Murietta Heights neighborhood of East Los Santos. They were living in an insect and rodent-infested building which had been abandoned since 2006. They had been living off of bottled water, junk food snacks, and fast food which was purchased from local convenience stores and restaurants in the neighborhood. James Penagos was tried, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole for 25 years for his role in the murder of Gerald Bower, 21, from Vinewood, and the attempted murder of Joseph Tiruma, 20, from Chumash. Ricardo Enamorado was deported to his native Honduras for the murder of Devon Hamelin, 23, from Rockford Hills, and attempted murder of Caleb Pratt, 18, from Chumash. James Penagos was a native of the Little Seoul neighborhood, and had joined the Mara Salvatrucha while attending high school as a 17-year-old in 2010, but was not formally initiated until sometime in 2012. Ricardo Enamorado was an illegal immigrant from Honduras who came to West LS from his native country as a 14-year-old with his 17-year-old sister in 2009. Gerald Bower, Joseph Tiruma, Devon Hamelin, and Caleb Pratt were all college students attending the University of Southern San Andreas in the Alta neighborhood of Central Los Santos. On the night before their murders and attempted killings, they got drunk and high on marijuana at a house party in Vinewood, hosted by friends of theirs who were attending the local college. They went for a drive in Little Seoul in order to take their partying to the road. They were killed and severely injured by members of the Mara Salvatrucha after the gang signs that one of the men flashed out of the window were mistaken for membership to the 18th Street gang. Joseph Tiruma and Caleb Pratt have resided in assisted living care homes since that fateful night, where they remain in vegetative states due to extreme brain, bodily, and psychological damage from being shot in the chest and face multiple times. On September 16, 2016, Ricardo Enamorado was reported missing to Honduran police by his girlfriend in his birthplace of Yoro, Honduras. On February 20, 2017, Honduran police in the town of El Progreso declared in a press release to the public that a dismembered and disemboweled body was found strewn around in an alleyway in one of the town's poorest slums. Through dental records, it was identified as the body of 21-year-old Ricardo Enamorado. The Honduran police attributed his death to street gang warfare between unspecified rival gangs. THE AUGUST 18TH 2016 BAK FAMILY MURDERS At 10 PM on August 18, 2016, five relatives of 46-year-old Gerard Bak's family that included himself, his 51-year-old wife, his wife's 47-year-old brother, and their two 16 and 17-year-old teenage sons, were on their way home to the Sunshine Apartments from a family barbecue and monthly get-together at the local park. While on foot, they were approached by a group of eight Tiny Wynos Salvatruchas (TWS) members on Ginger Street near South Rockford Drive. They were ruthlessly hassled and confronted about their alleged ties to a local street gang, the Westside Asian Criminals (W/S ACS), a local Korean-American street gang with ties to the Kkangpae. The Bak family, who were small business owners and had their own restaurant in the neighborhood since 1986, vehemently denied that they belonged to a street gang. The confrontation turned physical when the TWS members started to push and shove the Bak family around. Punches, kicks, and headbutts were thrown, and a scuffle broke out. The scuffle was abruptly ended in a very unexpectedly shocking way. Three out of the eight MS-13 members, who were hammered on hard liquor and high on PCP, took handguns out from their clothing and shot all members of the Bak family at point-blank range. Gerard Bak, his wife, his wife's brother, and his 17-year-old son were hit with .32 caliber and .45 caliber live rounds multiple times and killed. His 16-year-old son was thought to be dead and was left to bleed out in the street. Local residents who witnessed the shooting from afar phoned the Los Santos Police Department and the Los Santos Fire Department to the scene, who pronounced all Bak family members dead except for the 16-year-old boy. The 16-year-old boy is, as of 2017, permanently paralyzed from the neck down, and remains wheelchair-bound and bedridden. Two out of the three gunmen were apprehended by the Los Santos Police Department, and are currently awaiting trial with the expectation that they will spend the rest of their lives in a San Andreas state prison. The last gunman fled San Andreas a week after the murders, making his way halfway across the United States to Tennessee over a month's period. He carried out the armed robbery of a 7-Eleven convenience store in rural Cumberland County, Tennessee, and was reported to the police by the staff there. After evading county law enforcement, the Tennessee Highway Patrol pursued him down the interstate, where he opened fire on them with a carbine rifle while speeding down the highway. The state troopers eventually caught up to him 25 minutes after they began their pursuit, where he was rammed off the road and into a ditch. He was shot over sixty times in his car with handguns and shotguns, where he was instantly killed. The last five members of the Tiny Wynos Salvatruchas involved in the Bak family murders were also all eventually incarcerated on sentences that ranged from 5 years to life for being accomplices to the murders and near-fatal shooting of the Bak family's 16-year-old son in a 2017 indictment. LOS SANTOS TIMES. JUNE 16, 2018 HUMAN REMAINS FOUND IN 55 GALLON OIL DRUM AT ABANDONED LITTLE SEOUL HOME A 55 gallon oil drum was found by construction workers who were working on a home demolition of an abandoned house and former drug den located in Little Seoul, Westside Los Santos. The 55 gallon oil drum, which turned out to be a gruesome discovery, was found in the basement of the abandoned house by workers from Iron Strong Construction, an East Los Santos based construction company. At first, the workers thought that the 55 gallon oil drum was heavy because it contained motor oil. Upon further investigation, however, the workers pryed the sealed top off of the drum and found the rotten remains of an undisclosed number of deceased persons. The remains consisted of limbs; arms, legs, hands and feet and were in badly decomposing states. The Los Santos Police Department were called to the scene at 11:06 AM and arrived at 11:13. The construction workers were sent home for the day while the police set up a crime scene investigation at the home demolition site. The police remained at the crime scene throughout the remainder of the day. These events occured on June 15, 2017. The house in question was condemned by the Los Santos Housing Authority on April 19, 2006 due to the high amount of squatters, local drunks and hard drug addicts who illegally resided on the property and within the house. Despite it's offically condemned status, the same people continued to use the property as a temporary residence; several dozen arrests of squatters have taken place at the residence for trespassing since early 2007. No demolition plans were made until August 2015, and it wasn't until June 14, 2017 that they got underway through clearing old debris and junk from the house. Iron Strong Construction was contracted to assist in the demolition of the house, along with the Los Santos Public Works. The police have not yet disclosed any details on how the dismembered body parts ended up in the 55 gallon oil drum, and nor have they released any information on the victims or potential suspects. The case is currently being treated as a homicide investigation by the Los Santos Police Department's Gang and Narcotics Division, who have stated in a brief public press release that they're treating this incident as street gang related violence. The Los Santos Police Department's Gang and Narcotics Division are urging members of the general public to contact Los Santos CrimeStoppers at 216-874-3284 or the LSPD's anonymous tipline at 216-983-1543.
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  2. Nothing increases morale and confidence more than having to constantly check the forum and seeing that theres been basically zero communication and promises have once again been broken. I don't know what kind of feature creep issues you guys have going, but there's no way it's worth the damage that's already been caused. LSRP either lives or dies based on the community, a community that has been consistently disrespected and neglected. Maybe you're banking on the idea that there'll be a new and more substantial playerbase eventually after release, but that seems like a pretty lousy plan. LSRP was already filled with too many trolls before you closed the SAMP server, what do you think is going to happen when/if this rage MP server releases? It's going to start with a community filled with people that at worst don't respect the leadership/rules and at best resent the leadership and server. LSRP lives or dies based on the community, because if the server is filled with toxicity and blatant disregard for leadership and their rules it will only attract people who themselves are toxic and disregard the rules. If the only thing going for this community is a sexy script, then it's doomed to fail. I hope the server succeeds, I'll be playing ASAP when/if it's released, but it just hurts to see you guys knee cap yourselves so early and so unnecessarily.
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  3. It's been explained several times. We set dates that we weren't able to make because we underestimated the work left and how long it would take, on top of real life responsibilities and delays. Now, I see all your posts are just hate, so there is no reasoning with you. But if you think this "project is going absolutely nowhere", you're too filled with hate & blind to the progress that is being posted weekly. I am curious though why you're still dedicating time to posting about a project which you believe is going nowhere. Side note, why Tor and all the VPNs? Anyways...
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  4. Three months ago this would’ve been flooded with meaningful comments but after being jerked off by Mmartin and his brainless cohorts, nobody cares anymore. The hype is dead. The gravy train has run dry.
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  5. Golden Silk Valley (金絲谷) Simmet Alley is a short alley that runs from Sinners Passage in the east to Integrity Way in the west, parallel to Sinner Street and Little Bighorn Avenue. It is located in Textile City, a small commerce neighborhood located in Downtown Los Santos. It borders Alta to the north, Mission Row to the south, Pillbox Hill to the west and La Mesa to the east. It is one of the smallest districts in San Andreas and covers just two blocks laterally and longitudinally. San Andreas Avenue denotes the border between Textile City and Mission Row. Since the late 19th century Simmet Alley has been home to a majority of the Chinese community of Los Santos, plus smaller groups of predominantly South-East Asian origin who took refuge within the community. Nicknamed Golden Silk Valley, or Gam Si Gow (金絲谷) by it's locals, the alley contains various businesses along it's street level, with residents living above those businesses or in local apartment complexes. Golden Silk Valley was born in the 1860s due to the first large Chinese immigrant wave, a result of the gold rush and a need for cheap labor to construct the Central Pacific Railroad. These immigrants found it both difficult socially and financially to live in the usual residential districts of Los Santos, causing them to search for an alternative housing district. This came in the form of a plot of empty land within the ( then ) developing industrial district of East Los Santos. The migrants used this plot of land to build housing for themselves, forming a socially gated community. Simmet Alley began as a backstreet between two rows of housing complexes but quickly became much more than that, as local businesses were opened in the excess space. These businesses were mainly targeted towards the community itself, seldom attracting outside attention. Throughout the next few years railway construction moved further and further inland, causing many of the locals to move in order to keep their jobs. The remaining population was comprised mainly of local business owners and those who had managed to get a job within the city. Many of the housing complexes built for the migrant workers were deemed useless at this point and demolished, reducing the size of the still infant Chinatown, a size which it has maintained to this day. During the years after that, migrants came and went, three different Tongs were opened and sex-restrictive immigration laws were passed against the Chinese. Previously, the Tongs had been involved in assisting migrants, providing them with housing, arranging them work opportunities and educating them, as well as operating gambling dens, but now they took on a new role. The Tongs began smuggling Chinese women into America for purposes of marriage, and later on prostitution. This ensured the continued existence of the community for many generations to come. In time, the three Tongs united under the name the Golden Silk Valley Benevolent Society for Upstanding Migrant Workers, renaming itself to the Golden Silk Valley People's Association of Peace and Prosperity in 1949 with the establishment of the People's Republic of China. Throughout the 20th century the Tong expanded it's illegal activities into any field it could manage, continuing to smuggle women, but now also drugs and anything else profitable into the country. The height of the drug trade for the Tong was during the 70s, however with it's heightened profits came heightened tensions. The Tong began splintering into factions, threatening to create new Tongs and bringing violence to the street. This violence cost the community the lives of both criminals and the innocent, until finally an innocent Caucasian was caught in the crossfire. The city intervened, arresting anyone it could and bringing an end to the chaos. The Tong continued it's activities, but all operations went completely underground. Splinter cells went on to become their own gangs, sometimes falling as quickly as they could rise. In 1994 the Golden Silk Valley People's Association of Peace and Prosperity was declared defunct and shut it's doors to the public. In recent decades the community has seen a significant surge in Cantonese population, mainly due to the (relatively) recent immigration waves from Hong Kong and Macau. Mandarin serves as a bridge language and is commonly spoken between locals of different ethnicities, Chinese or otherwise. Today, Golden Silk Valley serves as a central Chinatown in Los Santos and a hub for the Asian community as a whole. Local businesses stand tall, some of which date back over a century ago and the locals themselves take great pride in their heritage and shared history, banding together in the past during times of crisis. OOC Information Our aim is to portray a realistic modern day Chinese community of varying ethnicities and even pan-Asian nationalities. If you are interested in the faction you can join our discord (click) for more information.
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  6. You and people like Apophis were apart of the bad side of LSRP. Flemwad you singehandily brought GOV rp to it's knees because you wouldn't trust players. Apophis makes this thread, but people celebrated when he left. He wasn't apart of the positive side of LSRP. He was never one of "us" as he says. The six years I spent on LSRP was the greatest gaming experience of my life. Playing alongside some amazing people, the community is what made LSRP great. The factions, the solo rpers and the people who were behind them. What bogged this server down was always stemming from one source, management. Yet nobody in management believes they were the problem. Just look at this thread, nobody thinks they were apart of the problem.
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  7. LSRP is a comical meme as well as a great case study for how to run a successful and profitable community right into the dirt by laze and nepotism.
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  8. omegad smoke eater topic shit looks hot
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  9. Honestly, I don't care anymore. Found a decent server on RageMP that is pretty much the same thing. If the LS-RP developers take even longer to launch this then more servers will pop up.
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  10. The Carson Mafia Gang, also known as the "Carson Mafia Gangster Bloods (CMGB)", is a predominant, long standing African-American street gang formed during the late 1970s by a man known on the streets as “Kay Bee” in the western district of Davis, Los Santos. This set started off as a clique of the notorious "Carson Mafia Family Gang" which held dominance over Davis but later separated after it went defunct. Carson Mafia falls under the Gangster (3X / trays) card but it also represents the Mafia umbrella. It's territory runs along Carson Avenue toward the Grove Street Circle connected by Covenant Avenue which is also known as "The Bottom". Several homicides are reported in this poverty stricken neighborhood, making it one of the most dangerous neighborhoods to reside in. Many believe that Carson Mafia went defunct with the start of the new century but their presence remain as intact as it ever was. Their turf is surrounded by other hostile sets, including a vast Surenos presence in Rancho to the south and Crip presence to the north in Strawberry which keeps it under constant pressure. The Carson Mafia Gangster Bloods have attracted a lot of attention from Law Enforcement, which also resulted in several Gang Injunctions. Many affiliates were incarcerated during the early 90s, and during the late 2000s which put a deep impact on the functioning of the set along the road. Young teenagers are driven toward street gangs because of it's luxuries but never know the outcome of the lifestyle until after they are already in. Some think, that it's the older generations that are raising these kids in this poverty filled area is the cause of them not wanting to go to school and make their life better like the rest. But little do they know the police have been very brutal to people in this neighborhood way before then in the black empowerment movements such as the Black Panthers and other organizations to help rebuild the community. Different desires are found in everyone around the neighborhood, some want protection, some want power while others are just in for the money. This is what starts and powers a street gang. Most of the locals in the area have been getting mixed in with the gang activity, and drug distribution through the urge of wanting to get involved in the activities that is going on in their neighborhood. A lot of the members are born and raised into the street gang through family members teaching them the lifestyle and tactics that are past down generation after generation. The gang violence continues to get stronger in the area influencing other neighborhoods in the region to do the same or create their own, and this is what brought most of the gang violence. Politics & Whack Outs The older generation of the gang were nothing too different. They wore red rags to associate themselves with the blood coalition and also did taggings of their gang graffiti in their rivals hood and it was also known to be run with some structure. Structure is what made the gang what it is today. They had rules and guidelines that you had to follow and if you didn’t you would get disciplined depending on your actions. The street gang were always known to be big in numbers and due to that reasoning people really feared the gang. The younger generation were taught to follow what was said to them and if they needed something to get done then that means it needs to get done, no questions were meant to be asked. The older generation had the younger members do their dirty work as the older generation had been getting targeted by the LSPD. The gangs were known to be more respectful and didn’t want anything to happen to people that didn’t have anything to deal with what was going on. People's families were known to be kept out of the profound beefs and if anything were to happen to them, you would receive certain consequences. The gang's structure was undeniably strong and were known to be ruthless and reckless for anything that crossed their paths. After years and years went by the structure started to slowly fade away. The new generation of the gang started to do anything and everything. They started to shoot up people's homes, and diss other rival gangs on social media. They would take disrespectful terms to social media and diss them there. The school system got worse as most of the gang interactions happened there. They had one on one fist fights and also gang brawls after school, many people from many different gangs were jumping rivals and it was completely unsafe. The older members of the gang started to lose the tight rope that they had over them and they didn’t know what to do. Many of the politics started to break up and other bloods started to beef with some other bloods and then they eventually became “CMG” which is a short abbreviation for Crab murder gang. The terminology was created by the younger affiliates as they had profound beefs with any and every gang that was under the Crip umbrella. The gang today is still standing strong and is still trying to get their politics back but how it is right now, it's not looking like that would be happening anytime soon. An insider war broke out within the set in the late 2000s when OG Menace was murdered in cold blood after recently being released from the penitentiary. All cliques turned against each other and a full out war broke out, which resulted in several deaths including Innocents and police officers. Gang and Narcotics Department finally issued a gang injunction in the name of Carson Mafia Gangster Bloods and the police presence went up a notch with gang enforcement police officers. People barely left their homes and affiliates either went to lay low or moved out entirely. This was believed to be the downfall of the street gang for good but it strived in the poverty filled neighborhood. The memorial of OG Menace and other affiliates still stand in the alley behind Covenant Avenue and he is still honored by the young members of the set. A hood day is similar to a block party is hosted every year by the affiliates to show their love and dedication to the set. This culture has been passed down since earlier generations throughout LS. Affiliates who took a bullet for the set are honored with liquor and other narcotics. Sweep The Streets The Carson Mafia Gangster Bloods instantly turned to drugs on how they made their money. They also used them heavily and around the area is known to be infested with crack and meth. The gang turned into using the drugs in the late 1970s but eventually ended up selling them to feud their habits. They started to sell drugs such as Crack and Meth and adapted more drugs as they went. The gang started to be more organized inside of the late 2000s as they made the drug game a good business for them, racking in over thousands of dollars a day for the gang. They used the money to acquire females, more drugs and more importantly protection for their gang. They also used the money for self reasons but if you stole from them, they were known to retaliate in dangerous ways. That being said, more people started to try to buy instead of robbing them, they showed some kind of fear towards the gang. They gang was also known to not be nice with their consumers. They were known for taxing over the amount of the drug and some of the members from the gang also took the consumer's money and sold fake/laced drugs in return. Sad to say, anything that's shady always gets brought to light. On January 17th, 2014 the street gang had a massive drug bust and multiple members of the street gang went to prison with lengthy jail sentences. Years later they got the attention of the LSPD due to how much drugs they were putting out on the streets of Los Santos this then soon led to the devastating crackdown that shut down nearly all of their operations. April 7th, 2018, AKA, The Cleanup LSPD Officer's alongside FIB agents conducted a raid of a high-ranking member's Aunties house in which he was believed to be staying for the night. Inside of the house was Gerald “MoneyMan” Gibson, Jaylen “Greedo” Moore, Shaun “SBoy” Mullings and Jerome “Snoopy” Gibson. Marwuan Willimas Los Santos County, or known as " Moneyman " was charged with Brandishing a weapon, Handling a firearm in an improper manner in a motor vehicle, Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, Carrying a Loaded Firearm in Public, Possession of an Assault Weapon, As a minor, possess a fake ID that you intend to use to buy firearms. Garret Barkend Los Santos County, or known as " Greedo " was charged with Brandishing a weapon, Handling a firearm in an improper manner in a motor vehicle, Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, Carrying a Loaded Firearm in Public, Possession of an Assault Weapon, As a minor, possess a fake ID that you intend to use to buy firearms. Tristan Stokes Of Los Santos County, or known as " Two Boy" was charged with Brandishing a weapon, Handling a firearm in an improper manner in a motor vehicle, Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, Carrying a Loaded Firearm in Public, Possession of an Assault Weapon, As a minor, possess a fake ID that you intend to use to buy firearms. Today, the gang-banging routine has lost it's initial touch but it's still far from being over. It may seem like the gang activity has decreased but actually, the lifestyle just got smarter. Youngin's don't post up on corners anymore to sell drugs. Instead, social media is being used daily. People aren't killed over wearing the wrong colors like in the 80's and the 90's, but they still die over a ten dollar bill. The lifestyle which has been passed down generationally from growing up in this area. With that being said, the neighborhood is still filled with a violent gang presence. The Carson Mafia Gangster Bloods are surrounded by Mexican and other Crip street gangs. The gang is known to beef with All gangs that fall under the Crip card and later adapted the CMG tag which stands for "Crab Murda Gang". The younger generation of the gang is known to get into brawls and fist fights with them in and out of school and also talk over all social media platforms with them saying things from, dissing their dead homies to arranging brawls outside. This lead to most of the younger generation members of the gang going to jail or letting the law enforcement get familiar with their faces. The street-gang is known to have plenty members around the gang and their are known to bring terror and react aggressively when people disrespect them. The Carson Mafia Gang have a close relationship with the Denver Lane Bloods. This alliance is known by the 1st generation as the Denver Mafias and Mafia Lanes by the 2nd generation. The other significant alliance is with the Avenue Piru Gang. In 2019, both sets commenced their hood days on the same day to represent the close alliance. Other allies are the Weirdos Gangster Bloods, and the Inglewood Family Gang. They are also allies of the Rollin 20s Neighborhood Bloods, Family Swan Bloods, Black P Stones, Harvard Park Brims and the SouthSide MadAss Gangster Pirus. Their rivals are 102 Raymond Avenue Crips, Osage Legend Crips, Mad Ass Gangster Crips, Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips, Imperial Village Crips, Water Gat Crips and the Tonga Crip Gang. This Faction Thread will be updated based on IC events.
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  11. Sounds nice. Curious to see what's gonna come out of it. Good luck.
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  12. this server means everything to me man i wake up everyday and the first thing i do is i check discord and check mmartin's social medias to see if he's posted any updates about the release date inshallah brothers we will get the server soon you have to stay strong
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  14. Can't believe ya'll fell for this shit again, idiots.
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  15. ((OOC Information)) Here at Red Ribbon Farms we would like to bring a realistic atmosphere of county roleplay to the area we roleplay and the whole server. We are aware that past projects like ours, there were a lot of people who would troll, however we plan to role play effectively and realistically. We don’t want there to be a misconception. This faction is going to role play modern farmers. The main roleplay will be raising cattle, chickens etc. Behind the legal side, there is a drug operation going on at the farm. Us as a faction WILL not accept rule breakers and would like for you to know the R.O.E. This faction is heavily based around character development and a realistic county living environment. By joining our faction your character is automatically subject to be CK’ed.
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  16. must have ran out of donations and made the post to get more. I'm sure they'll post again in this month when MMartin needs another few dollars
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  17. 2007 Subaru WRX STI
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  18. Faction info Our goal is creating a community that consists of ethnic baltic or broader eastern european characters, mainly with criminal background. We will be providing ways to start out in the faction as an imigrant off the plane or you can start out in any other way you would like to. The end goal is a creation of self sustainable criminal network of multiple brigades of criminals who operate in the greater west of the Los Santos. Faction will follow a strict ruleset that will be enforced to establish our standards on any member of the faction. After you have received the rights to post screenshots on the topic, you are instantly liable to be CK'd at any given time for any given reason that the faction leadership or high-ranking members see fit. We also follow the concept, that in any RP scenario that can lead to a major impact on the faction development, if a character is killed or dies, he is forced to selfck. By that we are enforcing the meaning to RP a character with realistic sense of fear and survival instinct. Discord invitation for anyone interested, enter at your own risk
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  19. I was reminiscing on lsrp on my way to work this morning. Typed it in google and it sent me here. This looks interesting! I was playing when I was 14. I’m now 26. Where’s the time gone… lol Terrence_Ward
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  20. I miss LS-RP.
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  21. I'm sure they wouldn't lie to us again haha, I have 0 reason to doubt their credibility :DD
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  22. I just remembered about good ole LSRP and the old forums, tried getting on there but our boy Martin still has them locked up. Right, that's when I realized this "project" has gone nowhere. Came on here to see that my assumption was spot on! Found this as the most active thread on the whole forum with the first post on this page being from July 5th. It tells you something,no? I read through most of the replies and wow, I got a blast from the past! Classic General Discussions topic from the old forums, except this one is still unlocked and not deleted? What a way to start my Sunday. All I can say is, that release date along with the staff replies on this thread have aged like milk. Some of them are straight up COMEDY lol. I don't understand the admins/testers defending Martin, do your colored names mean that much to you? I was staff myself but I never felt like losing my dignity over it. Why does he not get on here and say a couple of words himself, even if it was lies, at least that way he can buy himself a little more time? Doesn't take a whole lot of energy and time to do it, no? The lack of transparency has always been a recurring theme for this community and it seems like it's going to stay like that until its very end. How come they never learn after all these years just baffles me. Which is really a bummer because this is one of the best communities I've been a part of and I'm sure many other people can say the same. I remember the moment they removed Damian from leadership, but I don't remember there being a valid reason behind it? This was 2016 I think, the consequences were felt the very next year with a massive decrease in player count. Let's not lie to ourselves he was far from perfect but at least he was active, putting in some effort here and there and wasn't going MIA. Server script was a dinosaur compared to some I've seen but it was simple and more than enough for the most of us. With a small overhaul surely it would have kept the SAMP LSRP alive & running for another couple of years. Instead they let egos get in the way and would you look at where that has brought all of us. I had hope that there was going to be something out of this but when they postponed after December I knew where this was going. Had me fooling ngl
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  23. . . . SOUTH SIDE NUEVE FLATS 13 also known as Nine Flats, is a Mexican-American gang located on the southern side of Rancho Boulevard, Los Santos. Nueve Flats name originated from the total of nine buildings of apartments/flats located in the neighborhood by Jamestown Street and Rancho Boulevard; Rancho Projects, later adopted by the gang as Nueve Flats. The residents within the community consist of anything from normal families and retired elder people, to drug addicts and prior convicted felons. The area is well known for its high crime rate, resulting in a record-high of 82 reported deaths and over 200 arrests due to possession of controlled substances between 2017 and 2020, all within the vicinity of Nueve Flats; making it one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Los Santos. An out-growing issue in the community of Nueve Flats are the constant crimes being committed on a daily basis, at any given time of the day. However, it is well known that those responsible for the high activity of crimes, mainly consisting of armed robberies and many others, are being done by its local gang that resides in the community. The name of the gang is known by South Side Nueve Flats 13. . . . DOWN INSANE FLATEROS (DIF) is one of the most notorious cliques that operates under S/S Nueve Flats 13. In its early days, Down Insane Flateros (DIF) main focus was mainly robberies, to sell the stolen items in exchange for quick cash. But gradually over time, the clique started expanding to other types of operations; in this case, drugs. Starting off with simple controlled substances such as a Xanax and Valium to eventually getting their hands into more deeper controller substances such as weed, cocaine and among others. With the large number of demands for these drugs, the numbers of cash flow for the clique has tremendously grown over the past few years. Giving them more opportunities to expand their drug market, and illegal operations across the southern side of Los Santos. . . . CONNECTION WITH THE MEXICAN MAFIA Nueve Flats originated back in 1970s, under a small group of mexican-american to protect local hispanic demographic within the area. It has been an on-going battle over the years due to the high presence of african-american gangs that reside within close limits of Nueve Flats neighborhood. In late 1970s, Nueve Flats adopted the number 13 which signifies an alliance with the Mexican Mafia. This alliance helped Nueve Flats to grow into a ruthless street gang that lifted a heavy presence and fear to those other african-american gangs that were located on the southern area of Los Santos.
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  24. After reading through the whole topic/comments and going through some of the discord conversations, I strongly believe that this should ring some alarm bells for management. There's not a single positive comment in this whole thread for the leaders of this community. Simply put, the community is overall unhappy and dissatisfied. I have 2 messages: My public message to the leadership team: Regardless of what's happened with development, lack of updates and all, I believe there is still hope to bring this community together and take this as a massive learning lesson. Right now, as I see it, players keep mentioning "transparency." All they want is honesty and being upfront. A simple search on LSRP's main discord channel of the word "Transpar" would show how many times and how many players have mentioned the lack of transparency from leadership. Even in this topic, the same thing is repeated. With that being said, you guys have definitely made attempts to be transparent but clearly, it's not enough because that term is consistently brought back and used amongst the community (even staff members). So that is something that should be looked at and prevent from happening again in the future. I also believe there's an element of professionalism that lacks in leadership/staff. Of course this is a game and people fuck around (which is completely fine), but high-level people need to maintain some sort of professionalism atleast in tense situations. The prime example is within this topic and those are the replies from Kane. First of all, I'd like to mention that I have a lot of respect for Kane. This guy has done A LOT for LSRP in SAMP and here. I know he's a hard-worker and he's been one of the most responsive people during this tough time. Much respect for him. However, not everyone is perfect and what Kane did in this topic should be considered a mistake in all honesty. All of the comments by Kane were just bizarre instead if he posted something positive AKA what Yekim posted, that's literally what everyone was looking for. Instead, he made the most useless comments. In a moment where LSRP is filled with negativity, I cannot understand why one of the highest ranked guys was poking instead of trying to calm players down and bring some sort of positivity. The staff need to understand that you guys are actually responsible for leading a huge community. Therefore, you guys need to be able to demonstrate real leadership by not only completing the work, but also by being liked, respected, and trusted in the community. That goes a long way. Another thing is criticism. People are frustrated and there's a decent reason behind that. Why are people topics being deleted? Why are they getting forum banned? I haven't personally witnessed it myself, but I've got that through reading this topic. Y'all need to be more understanding and overall nice. Imagine if one of the topics that was deleted was instead locked and the last message from one of the staff read: "Hey, we understand your frustration. However, the way you've gone about expressing X is not acceptable for X reasons. I am going to lock this topic, but you can feel free to contact me personally and we can discuss. Regards, X admin." That's obviously an example, but that indirectly shows something to the rest of the community. That shows you guys have patience by not just banning them right away (obviously within limitations), shows you actually care about the players. And that's essentially what leads to being liked and respected. Be nice, let people express their concerns within limitations. Management needs to make an effort to gel the community back together. I would highly recommend one of the leaders from LSRP to make a forward-looking statement where the community feels like they're being led by people who care about them. And once the server launches, to actually act upon that. Acknowledging your team's short-comings would be even better, it shows accountability. Just a transparent, honest message to the whole community would, in my opinion, bring back some respect and relief from the community. And that statement shouldn't probably be put out now, but maybe when the server releases or close to being released. You guys probably know a better time than I do. The bottom line is that the leadership needs to gain the trust and respect of the community again because it has been lost. Lastly, I'd like to thank everyone from the management team. Kane and Martin, you guys are obviously the backbone of this whole project and without you guys, this would never be possible. I am very appreciative everything you guys have done and you guys have my full support. A special thank you to Kane though. Even though I pointed something negative here, your activity and responsiveness have not gone unnoticed. Thank you for being available and responsive to players and that's on top of all the development work you've done/are doing. My message to the community: Brudda's, I know what has happened isn't the best and shit happens, but fuck we're all gonna tap in when LSRP releases so let's just try to show some sorta support to the people who lead this project. None of us have said thank you or be appreciative of what's been going on. The last update was on July 13 so it's not all that bad and in the back of our minds, we atleast know that work is being done. Let's just try taking it easy on these guys. Hopefully things will get better soon.
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  25. BIG SHOTOUT TO YALL GUYS
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  27. THE DEVELOPMENT OF LSDS INTO PENI ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ OOC INFORMATION: We are here to portray LSDS and its development into PENI in its full reality. Upon joining LSDS/PENI we expect open minds and a small chunk of experience of roleplay in this field. We are excited to bring quality white roleplay to the server, and are open to answer any questions about the faction and/or the roleplay in general. Message me or @mother_superior for any discord information etc.. Much love!
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  28. It's really depressing how LS:RP has devolved from what I have loved, and what I thought as a second family. Los Locotes' membership, the great fun I had with them, YLONEN, Joey_Cortez, Cailiz etc. The great fun I had in Seville with Edward Linus, Mike Elefe, Frank White, etc. Valenti's crew, and associates... DamianC as the head of the staff... all that story I had with them is pretty much gone, thanks to the action of few who decided to bring down the work of so many people. The sheer amount of incompetency before and after the takedown of the forums, to switch to GTAV. The soulless amount of content until now. Why did someone decide to go for GTAV? Did they really think that LS:RP was dying due GTASA being outdated? Did they really not see that they were at fault? Obviously LS:RP had its issues, but they were inside the game. Not outside of it. The removal of the forums was the biggest stab to the heart. The constant delays up until today, were just twisting the knife deeper. The community will realize how awkward and goofy the aesthetic of this game is. The giant lack of skins because the Multiplayer engine cannot use existing NPC skins, so everyone will look the same or similar, using shitty presets. Pray that you can use ped skins.
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  29. You were part of the reason the SA:MP server went downhill. 10/10 WORST Head of Legal Factions, absolute dog shit admin I have zero idea how you made it to where you were. Please do us a favor and don't come back. All you did was suck Wildcat and Gibbz off and do nothing for legal factions.
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  30. the only way lsrp becomes something other than a nostalgia trip is by handing it off to fresh blood. i mean letting all the admins and management reinstate despite the unanimous hate they received for the last server's downfall was super questionable. imo martin should take a step back and manage the server from a macro standpoint, using his experience to guide the developers in the right direction but not being a physical chokepoint needed to deploy changes and manage the dedis even if this server miraculously releases we're just going to get half-years of stagnancy on repeat until people get fed up bcs mmartin will always be needed to press the deploy button and pay the hosting n his career obviously cant support the micro management needed to run this stuff its sad, i wonder how long it will take for developers to figure out all people want is a basic heavy rp platform that isnt GTAW
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  31. LSRP would've been great if people like Mmartin would be kept away, he's just lying to everyone for months giving fucked up reasons and thinking that everyone will buy his lies for the 100th time lol. This will never see the day of light, and even if that happens, it'll be a massive L because no one will return here, for the obvious reasons. LSRP was great when you played it with your friends and enjoyed it, but looking back, there was hardly any activity regarding updates or implementing new features. People kept donating regardless of that, and that's why Suggestions were locked for years :). To whoever still hopes this opens up, just move on and remember LSRP as a good old memory where you learned wonderful stuff and met great people. For me LSRP was logging in in Carson for around 3 years and spending hours and hours trying to bring some action in the county. Having barbecues and talking about aliens and basically just having fun. LSRP was when your mIRC would ping and your PC would buzz like hell. LSRP was when you spent many nights playing with your friends and simply had fun with almost nothing. LSRP was. I've tried to join this once I saw the GTA V server and I was surprised to see updates being pushed regularly, but what happened since March proves me that I wasn't wrong - LSRP will be LSRP. It's too late to return and try to change something now, any excuse is useless and no one will ever believe anyone in the Lead Staff anymore. Zero transparency = zero players. Whatever and whenever opens here, it'll be either old relics playing for the nostalgia, or banned players that are not accepted anywhere else by now. And the relics will leave as soon as they realize that. i'm probably getting banned from this forum by now, but I've seen enough crazy shit in my time here.
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  32. You're the biggest moron by far
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  33. Not really a showcase, but it wasn't a guide either so this was the best place I could put this. Here are a bunch of templates that I use to fake social media for my characters such as these; Anyway, here are the links. They've been getting distributed for some time now. SnapChat.psd Instagram Dark.psd Instagram Light.psd Instagram LiveStream.psd Instagram Story.psd
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  34. Hello All, Today I am here to show you how I edit my roleplay screenshots and hopefully, this will help those who are looking to edit their own via photoshop. So, let's get started 1- To begin with, you have to figure out what layout you like the best. I personally don't like the 800x600 method so I edit my screenshots as 1920x700, which grants me more interesting angles. To say the least, this is completely up to you at the end of the day, so, pick the size you like, and let's jump on to the next step. 2- Once you have your project created, it is time to figure out what works best for the scene you're trying to showcase, so, there are three things I usually do: Usage of a single screenshot with text, Junction of two or more screenshots and text, Screenshot without any text. 3- Now it's time for you to drag your screenshots into your photoshop project and you can do that by simply dragging the picture into the application. You have your screenshot loaded in, so, it's now when you decide whether you want it to be a screenshot without or with text, or the junction I have mentioned previously. For showcase purposes, I will expand into the last one since the others are pretty standard and easy to go along with. 4- Now that you have both of your screenshots set, you want to angle them in a way that will allow you to fade one into the other, granting you better angles and interesting effects that will further improve the way they are displayed. As you can see I have decided to drag the second screenshot more towards the middle and now it's time that you start messing around with them. The first step is always to rasterize the screenshots you imported so you have all available options to use and you can do that by right-clicking both screenshots and pressing the "rasterize layer". Both of your screenshots are now rasterized so that means you can use a bunch of new features and today we'll get through a few that I personally like and use. If you want the fade effect when working with two or more screenshots all I have to do is create a layer mask for the screenshot on top. Let me show you: As you can see above, there's a white layer that has been created. 5- Now it comes the easy part. All you have to do is go through the menu on your left and pick the "Gradient Tool". Please keep in mind that you must have your layer selected so it works the way it is supposed to. Upon doing so you will want to press and drag your mouse to one side or the other to find out the best angle. You should see your screenshot fading into the other as if they were part of the same scenario. Check below: This is what it will look like after you're done with the steps above. 6- Now that you have your screenshots set, it's time for you to import your roleplay text and use the correct color hexacodes to match the in-game ones. I will provide you with the codes at the end of this thread. On top of that and if you like, you can add a stroke around the screenshot, I'll leave that for you to decide. 7- For the text, all you have to do is select the text box tool and click anywhere on your project to get started. You can copy and paste from your logs and even amend any typos you had at the time so you have the cleanest version possible. Once that has been done you can move the text box anywhere you would like and apply the colors to match what's being showcased. You will notice that the text seems too soft and sometimes even gets mixed with the background colors, so, what I usually do is adding a stroke to the text as well, making it seem thicker. To do that you just have to go through the panel on the right, choose the text layer and right-click to access "Blending Options". Once that menu is open, follow the settings I will show below: All you have got to do next is export your screenshot and post it wherever you like! ############################## As promised, here goes the color codes:
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  35. SOMEONE ALWAYS ROBS THE POOR By Lewis Flores October 17, 2019 2:43 PM PST After dissolution of the Soviet Union in the 90s, Chechen and Dagestani immigration accelerates in United States. Low income Russian families inhabit several Los Santos neighborhoods, those who haven't managed to employ themselves within industrial fields start forming criminal groups which take part in thefts, drug distribution, racketeering, prostitution and blackmailing. The very first big Russian mob power demonstration took place when more than three dozens of men from two organized crime groups opened fire on each other in a parking lot under the Mulholland Intersection. Witnesses say nearly everyone was armed, and the shootout quickly went mobile. The men took off in cars, exchanging fire as they weaved through the Fountain Avenue traffic. More than 70 shots were fired, and eight people were killed. Only one person was charged in connection with the shootout. “It was basically mayhem on a busy street in broad daylight at 3 p.m.,” Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Russell Myers reflects on the situation. The FBI learned that the firefight was dominated by an international, Russian-Chechen organized-crime group, which functions more like the mob than like gangsters who flash their signs in the grittier stretches of Los Santos and its suburbs. Although the FBI has been aware of Russian mob for years, it was after this very public spectacle that the agency doubled down on its investigation into the group. “They were like old-school Mafia, in that they go to Armenian businesses, Russian businesses, try to extort them. Go after people in the community who they thought wouldn't go to the police. Make them pay money — even though they had zero gang ties.” says Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugene M. Perez. These gun-toting defendants drove flashy BMW's and Porsches and were connected to elaborate schemes in bank fraud, sports match fixing, identity theft, money laundering and other highly sophisticated white-collar crimes. As a whole, the syndicate is estimated to have cost victims at least $20 million. CHECHEN MOB TIES TO LAS VENTURAS MAFIA Venturas wouldn’t be Venturas without money, cocaine, and organized crime. Organized crime figured heavily in the town’s transformation from the time immemorial. Underworld figures especially has strengthen their roots in the desert since the Mob’s first new casino on the Las Venturas Strip was turning a profit. Six other clubs in town were owned or controlled by organized crime. Still, the new “Golden Horseshoe“ was special. Police authorities speculates that, that's where Chechen mob made their first contact with Venturas mafia which controlled the town at the time. It did not take very long till Chechen mob earned the name for themselves in Venturas as a gun for hire. Practically they did all the dirty work that others did not dare to do. “Chechens is antonym to the law. They don't care who you are nor they care how many kids you got waiting for you at home. You're lucky if they only break a few ribs, if not they'll stick you in a hole and that's that.“ says Las Venturas Metropolitan Police Department Executive Gregory Ferguson. Timur Ghukayev, also known as “Thick Neck“, according to police sources he had a reputation for beating his victims with a bat. Ghukayev allegedly was put in charge of all the Chechen mob's operations in Las Venturas and was considered a unifying figure in the mob, credited with recruiting new immigrant gangsters from Chechnya and focusing on the cocaine, heroin, and oxycodone trades. Soon enough the Chechen mob took over the local scrapyard which was located at the very edge of the city, away from all the fuss. It was used as a front to launder money and commit other various crimes.
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  36. Finally solo queued to Immortal ! Overall terrible experience, don't recommend
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  37. horrible staff member, flamed me for eating oreos with water
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  38. nice to see that from Sunday this got 2 comments lmao lsrp is so dead poor mmartin no more gambling money for u sir!
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  39. yall been bamboozled
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  40. Unfortunately it's clear that the project has been effectively abandoned.
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