Sacramento State criminal justice professor and gang expert Jim Hernandez said the G-Mobb spinoffs and the splintering of the area's Blood network provide more evidence of a breakdown in the traditional red versus blue, color-coded gang structure.
"This idea of unified gang stuff, with the younger generation, is falling apart," Hernandez said. "You've got smaller groups, local groups, that are fighting everybody."It's a violence that endangers innocent bystanders and took the life of a young woman on a pathway to success.Kebret Tekle, 20, a student at California State University, Sacramento, was out with friends near the campus at the Library Eat & Drinks nightclub on Folsom Boulevard when a fight on the dance floor moved outside. The fight resulted in gunfire while she was getting in her car to leave.
A bullet from the May 2, 2007, shooting struck Tekle in the head. She slumped sideways in her vehicle and died later that day."She was a very good student, very disciplined, a very hard-working person," Tekle Sebhatu said about his daughter, who grew up in Union City. "She was very kind, very friendly, very active with her sorority group. It was her goal to complete her studies at Sac State and pursue her further education as well."Sebhatu sat through most of the preliminary hearing for David Allen Falls, 25, the man suspected of firing the deadly stray bullet. Sebhatu said he was amazed at the police testimony that provided the gang backdrop.
"I had no knowledge, no clue, as to how these gangs operate," said Sebhatu, an immigrant from the East African nation of Eritrea and an international business instructor for UC Berkeley Extension. "You hear it in the news or you might read about it in the paper. I was surprised to see the depth of their network, how they operate, that they are clueless in a way about other people's activities and the value that other people give to life."