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Bloods Gang Member Wanted For the Murder of 14-Year-old Bronx Boy

May 29, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Bloods Gang Member Wanted For the Murder of 14-Year-old Bronx Boy

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A veteran gangbanger has been identified as the gunman who shot a 14-year-old boy to death in The Bronx last week as part of an apparent turf war between the Bloods and Crips, sources said Thursday.

Travis Bloch, 25, is suspected of carrying out the execution-style slaying of seventh-grader Christopher Duran, who was a member of the notorious 280 Crew, which is known to terrorize the Morrisania area, sources said.

Duran’s alleged crew is affiliated with the Crips, known for wearing blue gear.

Bloch was spotted wearing a red bandanna in surveillance footage of the May 22 slaying — indicating his affiliation with the rival Bloods, the sources said.

He allegedly pumped several bullets into the 14-year-old as the victim headed to school, law-enforcement sources say.

The shooting is believed to have been related to the animosity between the gangs.

Cops are also looking for Jeremiah Thomas, 16, in connection with the shooting. Sources said Thomas may have acted as a lookout.

Bloch has an extensive criminal record dating back to 2001, when he was first busted for robbery, according to police.

The .45-caliber pistol he allegedly used to gun down Duran was also used in two other shootings in The Bronx, but police can’t confirm if he was the shooter in those cases.

Despite his tender age, Duran had a record of five arrests, and flaunted his gang ties in pictures and videos on social media, cops have said.

Duran’s older brother, Christian, is said to be a leader in 280 Crew, which has been active in Morrisania since at least 2011, according to sources.

Tensions have recently escalated between one gang, dubbed 6 Wild, and 280 Crew, with 6 Wild trying to make gains on 280’s turf. The violent 6 Wild is affiliated with the Bloods, say gang experts.

While members of 280 occupy East 167th to 170th streets and Morris to Teller avenues, in the Bronx. Gangbangers from 6 Wild reportedly are found from East 165th to 166th streets and from College to Clay avenues.

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