Gangsterdom has lost a giant today, according to various users on Facebook. Willie Lloyd, leader of the infamous Vice Lord Nation has died. King Willie has been paralyzed for years now, after being shot six times.
In the late 1960s, 12-year-old Willie Lloyd joined the Unkown Vice Lords, the result of no community or family guidance. By the age of 14, he had recruited 1,000 soldiers into the gang’s ranks. Lloyd gained notoriety after a trip to Davenport, Iowa, where he and Vice Lord comrades robbed several rooms at gunpoint at a motel where they were staying. The police got involved and a state trooper ended up killed. Lloyd received a 25-year sentence, but only served 15.
When Willie Lloyd returned home, with his reputation as a “cop killer” (though he didn’t pull the trigger), he declared himself “King of the Vice Lord Nation.” He put the gang on to drug dealing and taxing anyone who wanted to business on their turf. Chicago cops tried to lock Lloyd up several times, but nothing stuck. That is, until 1988, when he was pulled over with a 9 mm and a MAC-10 in the car. He was sentenced to three years behind bars, but was still able to rule the Vice Lord Nation from behind the wall.
Lloyd came home to beef, when Tyrone “Baby Tye” Williams gained support and refused to recognize Lloyd as leader of the gang. Lloyd kidnapped Williams’ brother and held him for ransom after Williams refused to pay a $6,000 debt. Williams paid up, but sent shooters to hit a car filled wth Lloyd’s relatives, including his infant son, sparking a civil war.
The cops booked Lloyd’s people before they could hit back at Williams, but that didn’t stop Williams’ soldiers from killing Lloyd’s right-hand man months later, as well as two of his teenaged dealers. They then followed Lloyd home after an appearance and sprayed up the car that he was in, injuring their target and his three passengers. Williams and his crew would all be convicted for the murders. In 1994, police raided Lloyd’s home and found a 9 mm. He claimed the gun was planted, but he was stills sentenced to eight years. A month later, the Unknown Vice Lords were truly crippled after more than 100 soldiers were busted.
When released in 2002, Willie Lloyd vowed to live a legitimate life and earn a living as a gang mediator. He worked with Chicago’s School of Public Health as an integral part of Chicago Project for Violence. He also worked with CeaseFire and started mentoring, among other things. However, he could not escape his past. In 2003, he was shot six times as he walked his dogs in Garfield Park in Chicago. The shooting left him paralyzed from the neck down. He continued to be a peace worker and anti-violence spokesman.
Details are currently unavailable about his death, but an outpouring of love and condolences are flooding social media.
RIP King Willie