David Barksdale

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David Barksdale (May 24, 1947 – September 2, 1974), also known as King David, was the original leader of the Chicago-based street gang the Black Disciples. Born Donise David Barksdale in Sallis, Mississippi to parents Virginia and Charlie in a family of thirteen children, he moved with his family to Chicago in 1957. Within three years Barksdale had become a notorious gang leader. By 1966, Barksdale's gang absorbed several others and became known as the Black Disciple Nation. Tensions grew between the Black Disciples and other gangs such as the Black Stone Rangers. In 1968 the leader of the Black Stone Rangers, Eugene Hairston, ordered a hit on King David. David was shot six times while exiting a bar one night, but survived and continued running the gang, while Hairston was sent to prison for trying to organize his murder. Barksdale eventually grew sick of the bloodshed and proposed a merger with Larry Hoover, leader of the Gangster Disciples in 1969. Hoover accepted and the Black Gangster Disciple Nation was born. On September 2, 1974, Barksdale died from kidney failure as a result of the 1968 attack. He was survived by his three children and wife Yvonne Barksdale, until her murder  ( Wikipedia article )


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