Sister June Wilkerson, a Catholic nun who organized a tattoo removal program that helped hundreds of San Fernando Valley residents shed their gang affiliations, has died. She was 91.
Wilkerson died Tuesday at a skilled nursing care facility run in Wisconsin by her religious order, the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. She was a member of the order for 67 years.
Wilkerson had no particular knowledge of gangs, tattoos or the medical community before being summoned to California in the early 1990s.
Sister Colleen Settles was starting a parish nurse program at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills. Wilkerson, her old friend, was in Dubuque, Iowa, recuperating from...