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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Los Angeles Latino street gang, Rivera-13 ‘peanut’ was a term for a rival gang and ‘chopper’ was the nickname of the person Lloyd was staring at - Anthony Garcia

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In 2008, Los Angeles county sheriff’s murder investigator Kevin Lloyd was preparing to testify as an expert in a gang case by poring over a photo album of tattoos. Then one picture stopped him. The photograph - now widely published on the internet - shows a dark-haired man with a tattoo of a liquor store emblazoned across his chest. It was a scene from the east Los Angeles suburb of Pico Rivera where Lloyd had worked four years before. Upon closer inspection, Lloyd could see intricate details, including a light post, store Christmas lights and gunfire. “(Anthony Garcia’s tattoo) showed a ‘Mr Peanut’ character getting shot from a helicopter under the banner ‘Rivera Kills’. Lloyd knew that ‘peanut’ was a term for a rival gang and ‘chopper’ was the nickname of the person Lloyd was staring at - Anthony Garcia,” stated an AOL News report, describing how it was the telltale tattoo that served as a virtual confession, linking Garcia to a murder that had gone unsolved since January 2004. Garcia’s tattoo has a man with the body of a peanut being hit by bullets and falling back towards a liquor store. The tattoo even showed the Christmas lights that were hanging from the roof of the liquor store where 23-year-old John Juarez was shot dead. And it included a street lamp and sign from across the street. The whole scene was sketched out under the chilling banner of ‘RIVERA KILLS’, a reference to the Los Angeles Latino street gang, Rivera-13.

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