The Latin Kings are the oldest and largest hispanic street gang, commencing in the 1940’s in their “Motherland," Chicago, Illinois. The gang’s founders were Puerto Rican immigrants, whose unification movement actually originated as a Hispanic prisoners’ rights group in the Chicago area which eventually spread throughout United States prisons. The gang’s main objective developed into a unified force that protected the gang’s neighborhood or “turf.” Their battles with rival gangs ultimately led the Latin Kings to develop a reputation as a violent street gang. Latin King documents reveal that Gino Gustavo Colon (a.k.a. "Lord Gino") is considered the "SUN" of the Almighty Latin King Nation in Chicago and has been for a long time. Currently he is serving a life sentence in federal prison due to a 25-count indictment, which includes charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine
and other drugs. Latin King headquarters is located on Beach and Spaulding in Northwest Chicago. Luis Felipe (a.k.a. King Blood) started his own chapter of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation with the permission of his superiors in Chicago. He designated himself as Inca and Supreme Crown of New York State. In 1995 Antonio Fernandez (a.k.a. King Tone) was designated Inca and Supreme Crown of New York State and New Jersey, and the ALKQN once again began a transformation.
The Latin Kings have a hierarchical organizational structure, and they have sets in numerous states across the country. These sets are referred to as "chapters" or "tribes," with each reporting to an Inca, Cacíque, Enforcer and Regional Officer. The head (or heads) of the entire criminal organization are known as "Coronas" (crowns in Spanish). Their colors are black and gold; gang markings consist of a 5 or 3-point crown, writings of LK, ALK, ALKN, ALKQN abbreviations (or the whole words), and drawings of the Lion and/or the King Master. Latin King symbolism is usually accompanied with the name and number of the chapter, region or city of the gang. The Latin Kings are of the People Nation, and therefore, represent everything to the "right" in opposition to the "left," which is representative of the "Folk Nation".