Informant offers rare look inside Ill. gang


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By Jeff Coen and Gary Marx
The Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Jesse Guajardo choked back tears on the witness stand in federal court as he abandoned his second family once and for all.

He had grown up in the Latin Kings street gang, peddling drugs when he was only 8 and becoming a soldier when he was a young teenager. After an uncle recommended him for membership in 1988, he suffered a beating or "violation" by three Latin Kings to join the gang's ranks.

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