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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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This Associated Press report on the death of 17-year-old Bernard K. Houston was published in the Sept. 1, 1988 issue of the Spokesman-Review. It describes how Houston was gunned down in an apparent gang retaliation shooting two days earlier, and was found "unconscious and bleeding heavily, a six-shooter clutched in his right hand with five live rounds in the cylinder."
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