Killeen Cruisers

Courtesy of Billy Spiller Killeen Cruisers track team poses for a photo during the AAU track & field national meet.

The Killeen Cruisers track team returned home with six medals after its solid performance at the Amateur Athletic Union’s Track and Field Junior Olympics.

The athletes who earned medals are Bobby Smith (age 17/18 boys division), Devonte Cochran (17/18 boys), Trejon Spiller (14 boys) and Keonna Otis (13 girls).

Smith earned a second-place finish in the discus and shot put competitions; Cochran earned second place in the triple jump; Spiller earned seventh in the pentathlon competition, which includes a mixture of five various events; and Otis earned a second-place finish in the discus and shot put competitions.

“My original goal for the team was to come home with eight medals, and while we didn’t do that this year, I thought the kids all did well, and represented their team well this year,” head coach Billy Spiller said Wednesday.

The Cruisers, who took their biggest group of kids ever — 31 in all — to the event at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, had most of their players fly to Detroit with Spiller, who has been the owner and coach of the Killeen Cruisers since the team’s inception in 1980.

The national meet lasted July 26 through Aug. 5 and by the end of the trip, Spiller said the team was excited and looking forward to next season and planned to use the experience as a motivational tool for next season.

“We rented vans for kids who couldn’t afford to fly home and drove the 15-hour return trip and the whole ride home the kids were talking about how hard they’re going to work next season so they can win more medals next year,” Spiller said.

Spiller said he was extremely proud of all the kids, how hard they’ve worked this season and that he was especially impressed with the amount of family support the kids received at the meet.

“Almost 80 percent of our parents came to Detroit, and all of them were supportive of all the kids,” Spiller said. “I’m happy the kids felt the support of their parents and I hope we continue that kind of effort next season.”

To close out the trip, Spiller and a few of the other parents cooked a big team meal for the kids in the hotel rooms and many of them enjoyed time hanging out by the pool together as well.

In about a month, Spiller will begin his indoor track season training with six to seven kids from the current Cruiser team as the winter will provide increased exposure for the future college track athletes on his team.

“We plan to compete in two major meets this winter: the Carl Lewis Invitational in Houston, and the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station,” Spiller said.

Hundreds of college coaches are expected to be in attendance at both meets.

For the athletes who won’t run in the winter, Spiller said he plans to keep in touch with them and do some occasional training with them as well and review their performances with them individually to better prepare them next season to do even better.

“These kids need as many role models as possible to develop them. If we don’t get a hold of them before 11 or 12, then it will become extremely difficult for them to be successful. This is my way to do my part,” Spiller said.

Spiller was raised in Bay City, near Houston. He and his wife, Christy, have seven children, two of whom ran on his team as kids.

Spiller retired as a sergeant first class in the Army after 37 years of service. During his time as a track coach, he has trained former University of Houston wide receiver Charles West and sprinter Danny McCray, who finished sixth in the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Spiller also worked for Killeen ISD for 20 years as a track and field official. During his childhood, Spiller competed in various Amateur Athletic Union-sanctioned track meets.

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eyewatchingu

If our PD or the gang task force will not educate the parents and public I will, @kdhnews please get this info out! This is all facts and documents that are facts.
https://www.aclu.org/files/assets/DeSoto_County_School_Districts_New_Gang_Policy.pdf Page 18 shows the gang signs I am talking about that are being shown I this picture Desoto school dist has band this sign because of it represents the vice lords
http://www.hendonpub.com/resources/article_archive/results/details?id=1402

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almighty_Vice_Lord_Nation

Origin and growth[edit]
In 1962, the Vice Lords gang was founded by several African American youths originally from the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago.[3] These youths met while incarcerated in the Illinois State Training School for Boys in St. Charles (also known as the St. Charles Juvenile Correctional Facility). At the time, they were led by founding member Edward "Pepalo" Perry.[2] The name "vice" was chosen when a gang founder looked up the term in the dictionary and found the meaning as "having a tight hold".[2][4]
As the original Vice Lords group were released from incarceration, they quickly began to recruit other youths from their neighborhood and began engaging in conflicts with other "clubs" from various Chicago neighborhoods.[2] By 1964, they had grown significantly and law enforcement named them as a primary target for their various illegal activities, including robbery, theft, assaults, battery, intimidation, and extortion.[2] They were noted for their violent behavior [2]
CVL, Inc.[edit]
In an attempt at softening their public image, a leader of one of the original 8 Vice Lord sets changed the gang's name to "Conservative Vice Lords", which today serves as the foundation of the entire Vice Lord Nation.[2] They developed new logos and advertised themselves as a community outreach group. They went as far as to petition for a community outreach chapter named "Conservative Vice Lord Incorporated".[2] This attempt was successful enough that the group began to receive a large amount of positive publicity from various politicians and community leaders. CVL, Inc. established a number of recreational areas for neighborhood children which were then used as meeting houses after they had closed for the day.
In 1970, two Vice Lord leaders, Alfonso Alfred and Bobby Gore, applied for a $275,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The Rockefeller Foundation approved the grant.[2]This particular era of the CVL is documented in the 1970 film, Lord Thing, by Chicago filmmaker DeWitt Beall. Those featured in the film include Bobby Gore, Kenneth "Goat" Parks, Eddy "Pepilo" Perry, Don McIlvaine, Leonard Sengali and William Franklin.[5]
At the same time, the gang was successfully consolidating smaller neighborhood gangs (including the Cherokees, the Morphines, the Commanches, the Continental Pimps, the Imperial Chaplains, the Clovers, the Cobras, and the Braves) into the Vice Lord Nation. As a result, their numbers swelled significantly. In spite of the positive press, it was soon discovered that the Vice Lords were still violent criminals. An introduction of narcotics into the Lawndale neighborhood during this time, along with a rapid increase in crimes involving intimidation, extortion, and murders of business owners who refused to pay for "protection" were perpetuated by the gang.[2]
Muslim identity adopted (1980s)[edit]
After public pressure, a federal investigation into CVL, Inc.'s use of the Rockefeller grant money was conducted and as a result, several leaders were arrested and sent to prison. By the early 1980s, Perry and Alfred were dead and Gore was in prison for murder. The younger Vice Lord leadership attempted to conceal the gang's true intentions with another camouflage campaign, this time by adopting Islamic ideologies.[2] By the mid-1990s, they had created a large document called Lords of Islam which addressed new rules for the gang. Their headquarters, located near Pulaski and 16th Street, is referred to as the "Holy City".[2]
1990s and beyond[edit]
In the 1990s, the Vice Lords, while engaging in the usual activities, became much more sophisticated and expanded into mortgage fraud, credit card fraud, and money laundering.[2]
Symbols and emblems[edit]
Vice Lord street gangs use a variety of gang graffiti symbols or emblems, to identify themselves and their gang 'turf' including:
A hat cocked to the left side.(Left represents the People Nation alliance and cocking to the right represents the Folk Nation alliance)
Rabbit wearing a bow tie (The Playboy logo)[6]
Martini glass
A glove
Top hat
Cane
Five-point star - The five points represent (clockwise from top): Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom and Justice.
Crescent moon
Scimitar
Pitchfork pointing down - The pitchfork is a symbol of the Folk Nation
Broken heart with wings - As above, the heart with wings is a symbol of the Gangster Disciples, breaking it is a sign of disrespect
Like the Black P. Stones, the Vice Lords often utilize pseudo-Islamic ideology and symbolism in their gang motif
Pyramid with an eye above it.
a six point star broken in half to disrespect Folk Nation.
Willie Lloyd[edit]
As a teenager growing up on Chicago's West Side in the 1960s, Willie Lloyd joined the Unknown Vice Lords, a faction based along 16th Street in the Lawndale neighborhood. Lloyd soon became the faction's leader and recruited thousands of followers. Eventually he proclaimed himself "King of Kings" and stated that he was the leader of the entire Vice Lord Nation. However, his tenure was interrupted by a prison term for his part in the murder of a police officer in Iowa.[7]
Lloyd continued to lead the gang on the outside through fellow inmates and prison employees affiliated with the gang. While incarcerated, Lloyd wrote The Amalgamated Order of Lordism, a 61-page manifesto on the Vice Lord command structure in the prisons and on the streets. He was incarcerated in 1971 until his release on parole in 1986, then was back in prison a year later on a weapons conviction until another parole in 1992. When he left prison in 1992, he was picked up by fellow gang members dressed in furs who were driving a convoy of five limousines.[8]
Later in 1992, he was involved in a protracted gang war over control of the Vice Lord Nation, involving kidnapping and the murder of rival members' children. Law enforcement intensified its efforts to remove Lloyd from the street, and from 1994 to 2001, he was again incarcerated for weapons violations.[9]
During Lloyd's quarter-century as gang leader, Vice Lord drug deals, extortion and other crimes reportedly led to thousands of homicides. In 1996, police had supposedly linked every murder committed in Chicago's 15th district back to orders from Lloyd.[citation needed]
Lloyd supposedly quit the Vice Lords after his release from prison, and became an outspoken critic of gang life.[10] Lloyd attempted to earn a living as a gang mediator, and he became affiliated with a non-profit organization. He was briefly a guest lecturer for a class called "Street Gangs in Chicago" at DePaul University, which was controversial, in part, due to field trips in which Lloyd took the students to the West Side.[11][12]
In August 2003, Lloyd was shot four times in Garfield Park. This was the third assassination attempt on Lloyd. Lloyd became paralyzed from the neck down due to injuries from the shooting. Rumors persisted that Lloyd still wanted to collect a "tax" from the Vice Lords as its leader, even though he had supposedly left gang life. Lloyd has given interviews stating that he believes his attackers included some of his former henchmen

Gang Resources for Parents and Teachers
http://www.fldoe.org/schools/safe-healthy-schools/safe-schools/related-topics/gang-resources-for-parents-teachers.stml

http://ecgia.org/resources
https://txssc.txstate.edu/topics/school-violence/articles/understanding-youth-gangs

This is the most importune link of all, Parents if nothing else look at this one, it gives you a in-depth educational view of this. This site also offers training into gang awareness. #kdhnews. Please get this out at list this link. Mrs Teel has attended many of these class online and offline. Their slide shows and other info is something all the teachers in the KISD need to see and should be seen before each new school year as they stay up to date.
https://www.nationalgangcenter.gov/
WHO WE ARE
The National Gang Center (NGC) is a project jointly funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The NGC is an integral component of the Justice Department’s mission to provide innovative leadership in coordination with federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems to prevent and reduce crime. The NGC disseminates information, knowledge, and outcome‐driven practices that engage and empower those in local communities with chronic and emerging gang problems to create comprehensive solutions to prevent gang violence, reduce gang involvement, and suppress gang‐related crime
https://www.nationalgangcenter.gov/

Please get this out their for the safety of all children The NGC is the best place for your knowledge on gangs

eyewatchingu

Here is more info for you, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJsdx_NJZso
KDHnews please stop giving the local gangs air time!

eyewatchingu

Just love it when our youth is staking vicelord gang signs, and our news paper isn't smart enough to understand what staking is. here is video. Btw the Vicelords are very large in our schools. #FBI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzD6y-EXNFA

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