In the summer of 2003, it was a typical sunny day in Chicago. A couple of early teenagers were seen hanging out in front of an old raggedy apartment complex building, and across the street was a liquor store. One of the teenagers were identified as Jaylon, or so they called him. He was the oldest out of the small group that he was with, and the other two teenagers were known as Delmar King and Miguel Valentino, Jaylon’s brother. Jaylon and his brother had known Delmar from their old neighborhood that they lived in. They no longer lived there because of financial problems their mother was struggling with, so they moved into an apartment. Around the corner was a large group of elders who were affiliated with a known gang around the area; the Imperial Gangsters. The young teenagers always had their ways to attempt to get along with them, but most of the times they were rejected because of their ages. They were influenced by the gang members. All around the neighborhood were multiple tags on the walls, garages, and alley-ways that represented the gang and its culture. As the young teenagers were hanging out, a little Puerto-Rican boy appeared from the apartment complex and approached them in a friendly manner. He was known as Diego, the little brother of both Jaylon and Miguel. He wasn’t around much simply because of how young he was and how strict his mother was about him being outside on the dangerous streets of Chicago. It all came to this because of one night that happened a couple of weeks back.
One night at 9:08 P.M, Diego was seated on the couch along with Miguel watching television in their apartment building. Jaylon was lying on his bed in his room with the door shut, getting ready to sleep after a long day he had. Their mother had just finished serving them dinner, and she’s cleaning up the tables and dishes. A white vehicle was seen outside their apartment complex building, having a chat with some of the known gang members around the area. Some minutes pass by and their tones were raised awfully fast, and there begins the shouting. Diego was the only one who actually noticed and cared about the situation, and peeked out of the window; watching the scenario. He overheard some words which involved in someone owing someone else money. One of the men in the white vehicle stepped out of the car and pushed one of the gang members, revealing a small pistol. Sooner or later, shots were fired and one of them missed their actual target; hitting and cracking the window that Diego was looking out of. Everybody in the apartment ducked down and their mother rushed over to Diego, tackling him to the ground and lays over him until the shooting stopped. Two men were found dead and the white vehicle vanished after the whole situation. Luckily Diego was not hit by the bullet, but he was cut by the broken pieces of the shattered glass on the window. Times were getting harder and harder in their area, especially when their father is out on the streets, known as one of the gang members.
After that incident, everything changed within the family. Delmar had moved in with the Valentino family after his father was sentenced to prison for twenty years for multiple felony charges; including kidnapping, murder, and illegal possessions of multiple narcotics and weapons. As years pass by, they grew older and it was time for their mother to make some changes. Their mother was getting more and more concerned about her children’s safety, but Jaylon and Miguel thought they were old enough to take care of themselves. Jaylon and Miguel decided to make some changes themselves, and they tried to find a way to make their family survive. They were able to get involved with the known drug dealers and gang members around the area of their home, and sooner or later they were participating in drug dealing. The two brothers and including Delmar, had begun slanging rocks and other narcotics on the streets to make their money. They were also involved in multiple robbery situations - breaking into homes to snatch whatever that they desperately needed. Months pass by and they’ve gained their respect around the gang affiliates of Imperial Gangsters, and they were soon enough officially apart of the gang within the end of that year after doing multiple jobs and hits that proved they were loyal and worthy which included murder.
In the neighborhood, there was a constant raise of criminal activities that arose too close to their home. The mother finally made a tough decision, and decided to move out of the state itself, move into a new state and start a whole new life. She had an only relative that lived in Los Santos, and decided to move out there with Delmar and her boys, which had no problem in moving besides the departure from their other affiliates that respected them. They refused to go to a whole other state in the beginning, but after giving much thought about it; they let themselves go along with their mother.
It was a long flight until they arrived at the Los Santos airport. Their mother’s relative was waiting outside with a large cab ready to go, and they placed all of their belongings in the back. It was about thirty minutes until they arrived at a large home in an unfamiliar neighborhood which was known as Los Flores. The area was filled with mostly Puerto Ricans, and some Hispanics and African Americans. After settling down in the house, Jaylon immediately headed outside and examined the area he was living in. From a distance, he could see two African American males walk towards him, one of them was seen as light-skinned. The two males were identified as Orville and Carmelo, and they approached Jaylon in a friendly manner. Realizing that Jaylon had just moved in with his family, they greeted each other and the two men took Jaylon and showed him around the neighborhood – having a chat with him. Orville and Carmelo were known in the neighborhood and they were also involved with drug trafficking. They talked even more with each other, and Jaylon eventually introduced the two males to Delmar and Miguel, and they started to chill with each other from then on. The group worked together and began to stack up money to make a living – to create their own set in the neighborhood to protect themselves and control the whole area with their power they’ll eventually gain. There were multiple new faces coming along the Belmont area and they started to work with the set. With all of these events happening, they were spreading Imperial Gangsters into Los Santos.
Months were quickly passing by as the group was stacking up money with the work they were doing. The population of the gang was swiftly expanding and growing, and police were growing suspicion about the Belmont area.
Raids were happening on a weekly basis and few arrests were made in the process. While the gang hadn’t known about it, there was already a known gang down the hill on Kilo Block, and problems were proceeding throughout the whole area. Eventually there was war between the two gangs and it was growing and growing.The dispute between the two gangs were mainly over territory and turf – claiming that the Imperial Gangsters were settled on Kilo’s area and making money by selling drugs to local fiends in the area. Shootouts were happening daily and the high-ranked members were getting tired of it.
Delmar wasn’t the type to speak much about the events that were occurring in the area between Kilo Block – actions spoke louder than words for him. There was fear from the other members of the gang at the time because of his resentful attitude and actions. After a couple of weeks, the rivalry was still going on and Jaylon finally decided to called in an older sibling that was a known high-ranked member in the Imperial Gangsters back in Chicago. Jaylon spoke with the older sibling, who was known as Rock, and the problems were going to be solved. Rock, along with two other people he brought along with him, flew over into Los Santos and settled into Belmont to assist in the immense war going on. People were being killed all over the areas of Belmont and Kilo Block, including innocent civilians who were mistaken as members of each gang. The hatred between the two gangs slowly became pointless to them after a while, and the involvement of the police raids were interrupting their drug trafficking and dealings. Sooner or later, Jaylon, Rock, and Delmar met up in an apartment building near the Belmont era and decided to make a change. It was their time to make a fresh start in a whole new area, and they had already known an area where they could settle in. The area was a long distance from where they were, but it was a good thing to get away from all of the heat they were getting from Belmont – it was down in Willowfield, which was later known as the Belden Heights.
After settling into the Willowfield area, it was later known as Belden Heights, or the Jungles, by the gang members. It was more of a peaceful and quiet area for a moment after moving into the area, bumping into some drug dealers on the way. A large house on the corner of the Belden Heights was owned by unknown and local residents that were friendly to the Imperial Gangsters for a while. They often hung out with the gang from time to time, but they most of the times minded their own business – leaving the area and coming back with their pockets filled with cash. The men had lived in the area for a few weeks before the gang moved in the Willowfield area, or Ronald Reagan as they called it, and they were known to sell drugs and other equipment. It was a good thing for Jaylon and Delmar to have another supplier that could help supply more drugs for them to sell, but after some time a problem arrived between the two groups. The high ranked members of the Imperial Gangsters began to quickly expand their territory in drug trafficking across the train tracks, towards the Idlewood and El Corona area – where a liquor store and parking lot was located. Settling in that area, the Ronald Reagan men found out about the moving and were automatically outraged. The two groups had lived on the same street, and things were getting real messy and dangerous for the local residents. The group which sold drugs through the Wilcox Organization showed no respect towards the members of the Imperial Gangsters, the group from the Wilcox Organization which formed out of the Ronald Reagan Housing Apartments started a war by starting a fire-fight with the Imperial Gangsters which ended quickly due to the recent increase in funds which increased fire power. Another war had occurred.
Everything was slowly settling down and the attacks from the Ronald Reagan members weren’t happening as much as before. Miguel and three other members were out in the Jungles including Carmelo. Carmelo had just finished up selling narcotics to a man down the street, and stood outside of the house they took over. Miguel and Carmelo chatted for about ten minutes before Miguel began to depart away from the area, heading over to the liquor store in his vehicle. He approached the parking lot across the street where two men were hanging outside of the store with a white vehicle in front of them. The two men were recognized as Ronald Reagan, but Miguel didn’t bother to care about them and casually walked towards the store. Opening the door, one of the men stopped him from opening the door fully; and words were exchanged. They argued for a few minutes, and Miguel eventually left; leaving the store with nothing in his hands. Hours later after the incident at the store, Miguel was outside of his home with another gang member. From a distance, the same vehicle from the parking lot was driving slowly towards them. With Miguel not paying attention to the vehicle, the vehicle parked up right in front of them and looked out at Miguel. Instantly, Miguel knew what was going to happen and dashes off down the sidewalk; trying to run into the back of the house. The other gang member chatting with Miguel managed to escape successfully when the shots were fired. Unfortunately, the men had already fired shots at Miguel; three bullets to his back and one in his leg. He dropped to the floor and struggled, groaning in pain and tried to scream for help, but failed due to the weakness and pain. The sound of foot-steps were approaching Miguel and he was struggling to escape, but one shot to the head finished him off. He was announced dead.
As the Imperial Gangsters began to gain quickly narcotic distribution notoriety in the Belden Heights area, other distribution groups began to dislike the savage style of the members. With the excessive amounts of war going on in the Belden area, they were leaving the members of the Ronald Reagan Housing Apartments distribution group in the sewers to rot. As months pass by and the Imperial Gangsters grew stronger as they fought through a turf war and winning drastically, members began to get promoted and others fell. There was the loss of Jaylon’s brother, Miguel Valentino who was known to control the area and assist the high-ranking members in any way he could’ve. After the dispute with the Wilcox Organization, Jaylon was determined to let everyone know this was no longer to be called Ronald Reagan Housing Projects.
Late night during the weekend – a large group of men were outside the large house of drug dealers. It was a week after the death of Miguel and it was an extreme loss for the Valentino family, especially Jaylon and his younger brother. The large group of men were in front of the Ronald Reagan home. They were spread across the street and Delmar had a small squad of men with him in a house down the street. He looked out of the window of the house building, and examined them for a moment. Delmar planned out a large attack against them after large dispute within the two groups, it was getting real serious. He and his small squad gathered together with their automatic weapons and pistols, and began to slowly move out of the house towards the Ronald Reagan men. His heart was pumping, and sweat was dripping down his forehead due to the tension. It wasn’t his first time using a weapon, but this was a serious moment and anything could happen to him. Using a four-door vehicle, they steadily approached the Ronald Reagan men and had a quick word with them. After realizing the men in the vehicle had weapons, a few of them quickly turned around and began to run; but it didn’t turn out good for them. Shots were already being fired as they ran and they were shot down immediately by the automatics and pistols. People were scattering everywhere as shots were fired but with the automatics they had, Delmar and his squad had shot down most of the Ronald Reagan men. His attack was a success, and they quickly sped off away from the scene.
The numbers of the Ronald Reagan were quickly decreasing and a couple of them were moving out of the Willowfield area. The Imperial Gangsters were able to finally over-power the local drug dealers and they all eventually moved out of the area. Taking over the territory was a success for the gang, and they expanded throughout the street with no disturbance. Everything was good for them.
Friendship, small alliances and business partners were made between Imperial Gangsters and a few other gangs known in Los Santos, including a gang that settled in the dead end Willowfield area. They were a Hispanic gang and they were known as Crazy Vatos, and they also supplied the Imperial Gangsters with weapons. Hanging out every once in a while, they had a small friendship together – but it was mainly business between the two gangs. Agreeing to a point where they didn’t cross each other’s turf in the Willowfield area, they didn’t have problems with each other. The friendship between the two men became too close and things started to happen between some members of the Crazy Vatos with the females and other members in the Belden area, and problems were arriving once again. Jaylon, and multiple other gang affiliates of the Imperial Gangsters including Orville, or Ville, marched down towards the dead-end and confronted them about the situation. Weapons were withdrawn and shots were exchanged between the two gangs, shooting down most of the Hispanic gang members. The small alliance between the two gangs were over and there was large beef over territory. Similar to the Ronald Reagan incident, the numbers of the Crazy Vatos were decreasing to a very small amount and eventually they disappeared and moved out.
Ville was the third in command, known for his brutal strategies of war and violent actions. Ville was sentenced to prison for life for kidnapping charges, attempting murder on a LEO, and multiple narcotic and weapon charges along with it. He was out late night, driving around in the usual vehicle he’s known to be in and spotted a female walking along the sidewalk near the Belden area. Attempting to be friendly and offer her a ride, she automatically refused – upsetting Orville quite a bit. He continued to have a chat with the girl, and minutes later they were arguing; the girl was affiliated with an enemy gang. With that said, Ville reached into the back seat of his vehicle and took ahold of an AK-47 that was covered up with a blanket. He hopped out of the vehicle, aiming it at her and forced her inside the car. The female immediately followed his orders, crying out loud and tried to call for help, but Ville had shut her up with a whip to the head, using the butt of the AK-47. Placing her in the vehicle, Ville digged into her pockets and took what he could; including a cellphone and any other device she could’ve communicated with. One thing that Ville did not know, there was a police cruiser down the street that witnessed most of the kidnapping and seconds later a swarm of police came through. Ville urgently jumped back into his vehicle with the AK-47 in his hands and sped off, leading it into a large police chase. There was no way Ville was going to successfully escape with several cruisers chasing after him. Eventually his car was fully damaged and no longer functioned; Ville was stuck in the vehicle – no clue what to do next. He panicked, jumping out of his car with an injured leg with the AK-47 in his hands and tried to fire it at the police officers. He was able to shoot a few bullets, but he was instantly taken down with a shot or two in the legs. Instantly he fell to the ground; losing his grip on the AK-47 and was cuffed minutes later. Although the loss of Orville ‘Ville’ Barksdale hit the Imperial Gangsters hard, it left a hole that could not easily be healed.
While the whole situation with Crazy Vatos was occurring, the Imperial Gangsters had already gotten another alliance with a gang settling in their old Belmont area, in Los Flores. They were known as the Gangster Disciples and together they made a strong and powerful group. They were unstoppable and they were back to back with each other; handling any type of problems that occurred with different gangs and sets. The Imperial Gangsters eventually brought the Gangster Disciples into Belden with them to expand the whole territory of Willowfield after the Crazy Vatos had moved out. After bringing them into Belden, they hung out most of the times in Imperial Gangsters’ side of the area and vice versa. They did their usual thing in the neighborhood and the numbers were slowly increasing to a large and excessive amount. No one at the time wanted to have any problems with Belden, they were too powerful and large.
The Gangster Disciples were also growing excessively in their amount of members and affiliates, slowly spreading out onto the Imperial Gangsters’ side of the territory such as the KFC building, which was located right behind the Jungles.They had begun to grow presumptuous about having more power and turf in Belden, and the Imperial Gangsters had noticed this situation occurring. They began to grow disrespectful and even cockier, spraying graffiti on their side of Belden. It was the time to make a stop – they had talked with the Gangster Disciples about this and they refused to listen, continuing on with their attempts to overpower the Imperial Gangsters and the rest of Belden. High-ranked members set up an attack on the Gangster Disciples to teach them a strong lesson, and from there on, attacks were exchanged and another war has yet occurred again.