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LA Times Today: Abandoned L.A. buildings become MS-13 gang ‘destroyers’
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LA Times Today: Abandoned L.A. buildings become MS-13 gang ‘destroyers’

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The MS-13 gang considers Westlake, Pico Union, parts of East Hollywood and Koreatown its turf.

In these neighborhoods, it is common for gang members to illegally occupy vacant old buildings - called “destroyers” by the gang.

In one abandoned apartment building, which has since been demolished, MS-13 gang members carried out several ruthless murders in late 2017 and early 2018.

Reporter Matt Ormseth wrote about it in the L.A. Times and joined us with the details.