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ONLY ON 3: What is the ii street gang?

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- From California to New Jersey to Wilmington, the notorious Bloods gang has made it to our neck of the woods.

Yesterday we learned police say the man who died outside the Rhino Club Monday morning was a five-star general in the ii street gang, a branch of the Bloods.

Taaron Jones died early Monday morning in downtown Wilmington, stabbed during a fight. Jones was also known as Merk Biiddy. Police say he was a five-star general in the ii street gang.

According to a gang profile by the Department of Justice, a five-star general is the set's single leader. The profile says leaders like Jones are not elected. Instead they assert themselves by developing criminal enterprises and their reputation for violence, among other factors.

The ii street gang started in East Orange, NJ, as a set of the United Blood Nation gang, the East Coast branch of the Los Angeles-based Bloods.

The gang profile, which takes a look at the entire East Coast Blood Nation, also dissects the gang's role by region. It says in the southeast the gang transports drugs from New York City for distribution throughout the region, particularly North Carolina.

FBI officials in New Jersey say they have shaken down the ii gang numerous times arresting several gang leaders. They say many times when a gang is brought down the remaining members often leave to different cities.

At this time we do not know if Jones had a direct connection with the branch in New Jersey.

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How bout all of you negative

How bout all of you negative ppl be done? His life is gone but you all are tlkn about his past..no matter what he did, he was still a GREAT person. How would yall feel if someone close to yall passed away? Can he rest in peace?? geeez. I LOVE YOU TAA

taa

YO, IM THE ONE WHO HE FOLLED AROUND AS A YOUNG N'. ME AND MY BROTHER RAISED HIM. WE WAS THE ONES HE FOLLOWED SON. I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT AS GROWN UPS OR YOUNG ADULTS WE HAVE A LOT OF INFUENTIAL POWER ON THE YOUTH. I ADMIT MY WAY ARE SO SO. I MEAN I COULD BE DOING A LOT BETTER THAN I AM BUT IM STRUGGLING B/C OF TEMTATION OF EVIL. ALL IM SAYING IS THE GENERATION WE LIVE IN NOW IS GOING TO GET WORSE UNLESS ME AND MY PEERS STOP VOLUNTEERING IN HINGS WE CANT LET GO SO EZ. THIS IS THE PROBLEM AMERICA CAN'T UNDERSTAND. U DO THE MATH AND PLEASE READ IN BETWEEN THE LINES. TAA WAS A PERSON JUST LIKE MYSELF. BUT OTHERS AROUND U INFLUENCE U SO MUCH THAT THE RIGHT THING TO DO ISNT ALWAYS WHAT U WANT. I WISH I COULD TAKE A LOT BACK2. THERE WOULD BE NO MERK BIDDY IF IT WASNT FOR ME AND MY CLOSEST FRIENDS STARTING OUR OWN GANG. THE SAME GANG I STARTED IS THE SAME GANG TAA DIED PARTICIPATING IN. C WHAT I MEAN? dmars miogy Lord Help Us

Sounds like you need some

Sounds like you need some new influences. A real man would break from what's deeming them possessed and create their own life. And please stop relying on "the Lord" for everything. Go explore the world and learn something about yourself

Gang related death

I'm sorry to hear about a murder, as always, but get real people. When you join a gang, the end result is ALWAYS DEATH OR JAIL. Duh! That's what gang bangers do - they transport drugs and commit crimes for fun and respect within the gang. Fighting with rival gang members is what they do for fun and entertainment. Sometimes it's preplanned when and where they'll jump someone; sometimes it's spontaneous. There doesn't have to be a problem with the other person. If there's no problem or issue, they'll make one up or just jump them anyway because they're in different gangs. That's their lifestyle and that's what they've CHOSEN to do for fun. So don't blame other people for not stopping it. There is no stopping a gang related fight. They die doing what they love to do - fight! When you join a gang, that's what you're committing yourself to do.

MI BROTHA (R.II.P.MERK BIDDY)

I DON'T KNOW WHAT A LOT OF YOU ALL'S POINT IS BUT WHAT I DO KNOW IS THAT MI BROTHER TAARON QUINTEL JONES AKA TAA TAA AKA MERK BIDDY WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON, WHO HAD A WONDERFUL HEART. YES WE DO ADMIT TO HIS GANG BANGING BUT HE WAS CHANGING A LOT THAT. AS A GANG MEMBER HE DID A LOT FOR HIS COMMUNITY AND IF A LOT OF YOU ALL DID YOU ALL'S RESEARCH YOU WOULD KNOW WHAT BANGING WAS ABOUT. IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT WHAT COLOR YOU WEAR, WHO YOU ROBBED OR WHO YOU KILLED. MI BROTHER HAD A LOT OF BUSINESS ABOUT HIM SELF. HE HAD HIS RAP THING GOING ON AND HE HAD A BIG BROTHER TO HELP HIM GET A JOB IN WHICH HE WAS SUPPOSE TO START THAT FOLLOWING TUESDAY. HE WAS ALSO JUST STARTING TO GET IN HIS DAUGHTER LIFE IN WHICH HAD JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT. SO TO LET EVERYONE WHO IS SLANDERING MI BROTHERS NAME KNOW THAT HE IS NOT A MONSTER IN THE STREETS. HE IS AN IDLE TO A LOT OF PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY AS YOU ALL CAN SEE FROM THE VIDEO OF HIS VIGIL. HE WAS VERY WELL LOVED AND THIS DOESN'T END HERE. WE AS HIS FAMILY AND WHEN I SAY FAMILY I MEAN EVERYBODY WHO LOVED HIM IS GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HELP HIS MOTHER CONTINUE HIS DREAM BECAUSE SHE IS DEFINITELY WALKING IN HIS SHOES. WE LOVE YOU MAMA TAA.

Gang related death

"Everyone loved him" ---------REALLY? Hmmmm..........
I find it hard to believe his victims loved him!

I like the idea someone mentioned about just letting all of the gangs fight it out in an arena. Then maybe the few that are left standing can be reformed.

How about we start a CIG gang (Citizens Against Gangs)? No drugs, no crimes for money, we just take out gang thugs, therefore reducing crimes greatly and restoring society to the safer state it was years ago before the gangs took over.

Maybe a lobbyist group could get a law passed to make gang signs, handshakes, dances, flags, tattoos, and affiliations illegal (not just the crimes they committ). We could sentence them all to isolation on a remote island and them see how long they could survive.

It's never enough! Not until the gangs are dead. DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND THAT BY HONORING A DISHONORABLE MAN YOU ARE GLAMORIZING THE SITUATION TO YOUNG CHILDREN WHO WILL TRY TO IMMITATE HIM? JUST WHAT WE NEED......ANOTHER GANG RECRUITMENT TOOL.

sister

"AS A GANG MEMBER HE DID A LOT FOR HIS COMMUNITY".

Please elaborate on your comment, the public deserves to know what your brother did for the community. Thank you

and.....

........still waiting.

and...

I will explain it to you. Taa Taa did not have the support that some people have to continue their education. Due to the selfish-ness of others in their family they are forced into adulthood. I must admit that Taarom kept me in school and he believed in me at times I didn't even believe in myself. People who want to be like him, want to have the heart he had for his community and those around him that he knew could become better. There are a lot of people who had food on their table because of them or their kids got school supplies due to him, without the help of the government. I am not here to glorify his bad but I will not allow his good to go unknown. I accept that his life was not perfect but we live in a world where survival of the evolution is necessary to see tomorrow. Love you Taaron

accountablility

Maybe it is time or all those who associate with criminals and thugs, no matter how "sweet and caring" they might be, to take a step back from their own personal relationships. Ted Bundy and Wayne Gacy were both extremely well liked and personable people. Their mothers, friends, and lovers all thought them to be just the most amazing and respectable men. There mothers loved them. It was sad for there family members to realize that, no matter how good they seemed, they were in fact, murderers. Taaron devoted his life to crime and gang life. He may have been a great friend, a great son, a great grandson,... but he chose to be a human being that disregarded morality on a grand scale. If confronted with another man on the street, he would rather have him hurt that listen to reasoning. He was granted the choice in life to live with integrity or to live a life of crime and hatred for all those outside his inner circle. He chose hatred. It is sad that a human is dead, but this human chose to take the wrong path in life and that is on him. We can only hope that young "gangstas" learn from his error. God bless...

It is sad that this young

It is sad that this young man is dead. My heart goes out to the family. It is also sad that after all these centuries, people are still throwing the color cards around. Regardless of his record, or a group of people he hung out with, he is gone and will never return. I blame the bar they all were at. It all started in there and nothing was done inside there to stop it. They all should have been thrown out BEFORE the bar closed for the night. It seems to me and my friends that, had the bouncers, bar owners, and the people who were pouring the drinks could see that tempers were flying and they should have done something to stop it. But rather than do that they waited until it was closing time to turn them all out the door. They basically said and sent the message IT'S NOT OUR BUSINESS NOW. Let the police take care of it. I go to some bars downtown and some of them have bouncers walking around watching for tempers to fly and they get rid of it immediately before it gets bad. I have even seen them call the police their selves to make sure what goes on outside their club does not get bad. So, instead of blaming the race card, blame the ones who first started the fight and the ones who stood by and did nothing to stop it. Here is another question was the person or persons who did the stabbing have they been caught?

How can you blame the owners

How can you blame the owners of the bar for the actions of others? What happened is tragic but the blame falls squarely on those who choose to involve themselves in behavior which resulted in a man being murdered. Life for everyone will be better when all people take responsibility for their own actions and stop playing the role of the victim or blaming others.

Sad but true

When the investigation of this murder is completed, I'm sure that the end result will not be that the so called " evil racist white man" killed this young man. Black on black violence is is a sad but true fact in this case and the result of a thug lifestyle which this young man lived and ultimately died for. Another life snuffed out for nothing people. When will we learn that lesson people? Don't turn this into a race issue unless you look inside your own race first.

WHEN

When is WWAY going to let this man rest in peace. This is over kill.

NOT over kill

This is NOT over kill... There are gangs in our area and people have to be award of it.. Get your head out of the sand... I know I know he was a good boy... Right ????

I do not understand why any

I do not understand why any of this is neccessary, he is dead and deserves respect just like any other male. The information that you are receiving is more or less he say she say or someone who just wants to have said they have done something. Instead on focusing on this indivisual you need to be doing stories on the gangs themselves if you find it to be that serious, but while you are doing your research be sure to include that more whites do more crime than blacks generally and historically, more than any other race to be honest. It seems as tho there is a lot of racial profiling and it is corrupt and unjust.

wrong

nope, men and women who choose crime, hatred, and physical intimidation as a way of life DO NOT deserve the respect that honorable human beings deserve, sorry but death does not redeem those whom have chosen a wicked path. Ted Bundy did not deserve respect, nor did Hitler. While those are exteme examples the point is that a human is judged on there interaction with those outside there inner circle. This man had no respect for those other than his family, friends, and fellow gang members. But maybe I am wrong about the acts it takes to become a gang general...

Wrong..

Per capita in the United States blacks commit more crimes than any other race.
I get my facts from the Bureau of Justice.

Serious violent victimization rates by race, 1973-2005
Serious violent crimes included are homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

Adjusted rate per 1,000 persons age 12+
Year White Black
1973 20.0 37.3
1974 20.9 37.3
1975 19.1 36.7
1976 18.8 38.2
1977 19.4 34.4
1978 18.8 33.2
1979 19.6 33.2
1980 18.7 34.0
1981 19.7 40.4
1982 19.0 36.9
1983 16.3 33.1
1984 17.1 32.7
1985 15.6 28.9
1986 15.6 25.2
1987 15.0 33.8
1988 16.0 31.4
1989 16.1 29.5
1990 15.4 31.8
1991 16.2 31.3
1992 16.9 33.0
1993 17.8 34.3
1994 17.1 33.5
1995 13.5 26.4
1996 13.3 26.3
1997 12.9 20.7
1998 11.6 19.2
1999 10.2 19.5
2000 8.7 16.2
2001 8.4 12.7
2002 6.6 13.0
2003 6.5 12.8
2004 6.3 11.2
2005 6.5 13.6

Are these statistics corrupt and unjust? Are these statistics racist?

more whites commit crimes?

Can you prove what you say with something other that made up stories that white people commit more crimes than black people?
Yes white people have gangs and such and commit crimes, but statistically black males commit more crimes than white males. The truth hurts.
By the way racial profiling works and everyone does it to some extent everyday, including you. Most of us just don't want to admit it. Do you know that terrorist do it all the time, that is how they pick out Americans, traveling overseas.

Dealing in raw numbers, he's correct

Whites DO commit more crimes. There are also more Whites on welfare and Medicaid. That's because Whites greatly outnumber Blacks.

If, however, you look at the per capita rate per race, the numbers rapidly shift to the other side of teh table.

???

You guys just don't give it up do you??

Who cares?

who cares?

So, apparently, he got what

So, apparently, he got what was probably coming to him. It sucks for the family, but Wilmington is better off without him.

WHAT YOU MEAN WILMINGTON

WHAT YOU MEAN WILMINGTON WILL B BETTA OFF WITH OUT HIM... JUST BECAUSE HE CHOSE THAT LIFESTYLE DOESNT MEAN HE DESERVED TO GET MURDERED..... AND 4 YOU 2 COME OUT YOUR MOUTH AND SAY THAT YOU SHOULD B ASHAMED OF YOURSELF.... WHAT IF IT WAS YOUR FAMILY?? B CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY

WHAT???

What do you mean "just because he chose that lifestyle he didn't deserve to die." To be a "5 star general" in a gang, you don't plant flowers at the park and help build houses for the poor. He didn't get to be so "high ranking" by being a decent human. He was a thug. The whole reason he LIVED that lifestyle was to enjoy the benefits of being a thug. Guess what?!? ACT like a THUG, get TREATED like a THUG. You defend him as if he did nothing wrong. I'm sure he was an angel.

And "B careful what you say..." Really? Really?

You're just as much a coward as the other punks in the gang. Everybody's real tough when it comes to muscling up on someone by themself or when the person can't defend themself.

YOU watch what YOU say. Literally, because your English is barely legible. Figuratively because not everyone is a push-over, willing to tolerate worthless, spineless THUGS like the BOY who died.

Yes you should be mindful of

Yes you should be mindful of what you say, because it can come back ten-fold. Your happiness should never be someone else downfall. Might I add it is apparent that everyone in a gang is not a coward because if so there would not be such a war that WPD is losing drastically at. I must say that WPD is crocked the reason they can not stop these crimes is because they like it and enjoy having these young men killing each other, if they were really concerned they would have programs, and gateways for these men to participate in to show them a different insight on life. It is all about Oppression of the white society

NO WILMINGTON IS BETTER OFF

NO WILMINGTON IS BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU. WHAT IS THAT TO SAY ABOUT SOMEONE, YOU HAVE NO RESPECT FOR HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS- YOU ARE SO SIMPLE MINDED.

Really?

Name one thing that this gangster did that was good for Wilmington. He was a gang leader. You don't get there by being a nice guy and helping the community; you sell more drugs, rob more businesses and kill more people than others in the gang.

Really...

Simple minded? EXPLAIN to us how Wilmington would have been "better" off with this THUG? He was involved in gangs...had moved up the ladder to one of it's top members...seems to me justice was served here...and now we won't have to shovel out tax dollars every time he goes to jail!

Wilmington Gangs

Street gang members get rank by not being nice people. Sorry this young man was killed, but I would bet that the killer is in a rival gang. People think the "Bloods vs the Crips" is a joke, time to change our thinking. SENC residents need to wake up and understand that we are not isolated from the world.