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Wednesday, 31 December 2008

An Oakland-affiliated gang member had performed a "turf dance" on the Library dance floor that enraged members of the Fourth Avenue Bloods, or FABS.

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An Oakland-affiliated gang member had performed a "turf dance" on the Library dance floor that enraged members of the Fourth Avenue Bloods, or FABS.Some of the FABs attacked him, according to court testimony. Bouncers hustled the combatants outside. In the parking lot, the Oakland man who had been pummeled on the dance floor tried to run over the Sacramento gang members, including Falls, with his car, witnesses said.Police say Falls then fired at the car, with one of his bullets killing Kebret Tekle.At Falls' preliminary hearing, Maclafferty testified that over the past year there have been "numerous shootings going back and forth" between Blood and G-Mobb-linked groups, including one identified as the Guttah Boys.One of those shootings, he said, resulted in a homicide "where a Fourth Avenue Blood was allegedly shot and killed by a Guttah Boy."The detective was referring to the Aug. 22 shooting death of Robert Haynes, 16, the Sacramento High football player who had past ties to the Oak Park gang. Marvel Montreal Barksdale, now 16, has been charged with murder in the case .Police say Barksdale belongs to the family from which founders of the G-Mobb emerged, and who were targets of a 2004 civil injunction aimed at running the clan out of Franklin Villa."It was our belief that the Barksdales (from Oakland) are the original members of the G-Mobb, having brought the gang element from Oakland," Sacramento police Officer Jonathan Wycinsky said in a July 28, 2004, sworn declaration filed as part of the civil injunction the city obtained.The complaint in Barksdale's murder case identified him as "an active participant in a criminal street gang, to wit, (the) Guttah Boys."Haynes' mother said in an interview that she knew nothing about the conflict."All I know is I lost my son, and it was over something stupid," Renita Haynes said. "Every day I walk around, there's a hole in my heart. A part of me is missing, and it's senseless."Haynes said her son had been trying to pull back from a bad past. Sacramento High officials said Haynes was earning good grades and was performing well on the football field before he was killed.Marvel Barksdale's lawyer, David Klemer, declined to comment on the case.
The teenage defendant's grandmother, Ollie Barksdale, confirmed he is a member of the same family targeted in the Franklin Villa injunction. She also said she thinks her grandson is innocent.The third homicide attributed to the G-Mobb-Fourth Avenue faceoff was the June 11, 2006, downtown killing of Eric Anthony Young, 19. He was gunned down on Sixth and L streets, outside the Macy's entrance to Downtown Plaza, a very public slaying that shook bystanders.A Sacramento jury in April convicted a Fourth Avenue Blood named Miguel Soto Enriquez, who was 16 at the time of the shooting. Judge Michael P. Kenny sentenced Enriquez to life with no parole.Witnesses told police investigators that Enriquez's friends had confronted Young's group, which included at least two G-Mobb members. The two sides had prepared for a fistfight when Enriquez pulled a gun and shot Anthony and another youth, witnesses said. The second youth suffered critical injuries but survived.Eric Young's mother, Sarah, prepared a statement read on her behalf at the sentencing."Innocent people are getting murdered all around this city because of gang members like Miguel Soto Enriquez," she said. "The next time, it may be your family, loved ones or friends."

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