Photos: 25 years after Tacoma's first gang homicide

Tacoma's Hilltop is a much different place than it was in 1988, when the murder of a Hilltop Crip gang member led to years of bloodshed.

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Joey "Joe" Courtney, shown here in an undated booking photo, died of natural causes while serving a 13-year sentence for a 1992 second-degree murder conviction. Although he died before he could be charged, prosecutors in Pierce County believe he played a role in the Aug. 28, 1988 shooting death of rival gang member Bernard "Clown" Houston on Tacoma's Hilltop.
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