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Willie Lloyd was the leader of one of Chicago's street gangs, The Almighty Vice Lord Nation. He changed his focus in 2002, working for anti-gang peace efforts.
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Drug kingpin, gang leader. Born in Chicago, Illinois in the city's tough, Westside neighborhood. Without any parental or community guidance, Lloyd quickly became involved in a life of crime. He joined the Unknown Vice Lords, a local gang, in the late 60s, when he was only 12 years old. Willie was a natural leader within the faction and, by the time he was 14, he had recruited more than 1,000 followers, or "soldiers," to the gang.
On December 5, 1971, the 20-year-old Lloyd headed to Davenport, Iowa, with several Vice Lords soldiers. The trio rented a motel room in Davenport and broke into several rooms, holding the occupants at gunpoint while they robbed them. Police arrived on the scene shortly after, and entered into a shootout with Lloyd and his companions. All three men were arrested, but not before one of Lloyd's group shot and killed a state trooper. The incident sent all three Vice Lord members to prison. Lloyd received a 25-year sentence for his role in the crime, but only served 15.
Although Lloyd hadn't been the triggerman in the crime, other Vice Lords members referred to Willie as a "cop killer," giving him the reputation of a cold, hardened criminal. By the time he finished his sentence, Lloyd had become a legend on the streets.
Lloyd returned to Chicago after his release and declared himself boss of all local Vice Lord gangs. As the self-proclaimed "King of the Vice Lord Nation," Lloyd helped generate new methods of income for the group, including drug dealing and street taxes for anyone who wanted to do business in Vice Lord territory. Anyone who didn't pay was extorted or murdered.
Chicago law enforcement tried to put Lloyd back behind bars, but were unable to make any charges stick. But in January 1988, he was pulled over for a routine traffic violation. Police discovered a 9 mm and a MAC-10 submachine gun. That August, he was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison. While serving his time at Logan Correctional Center, Lloyd still managed to effectively run the Vice Lords. By the time he was released in 1992, however, he had developed a heroin addiction that left his soldiers skeptical of his ability to lead.
Lloyd returned to the Westside to resume his position as Vice Lord leader, but many Vice Lord members were resentful of his attempts to re-establish control. Tyrone "Baby Tye" Williams, who had assumed power while Lloyd was in prison, helped create an opposition movement to Lloyd's leadership. To curb the new faction, Lloyd abducted Williams' brother and held him for ransom after he had refused to pay a $6,000 debt to Lloyd.
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