The Latin Kings began in Chicago over three decades ago and today its influence stretches into 34 states (AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, MA, MI, MN, MO, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, PA, TX, UT, VT, WA, and WI). In Chicago today the Latin Kings (LKs) are the second largest gang. The Latin Kings have an estimated 18,000 members in Chicago alone.
Members of Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS, Mara, and MS-13. Mara is a transnational criminal gang that originated among Salvadoran refugees in Los Angeles and has now spread to other parts of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America.