Twelve years ago, Jose Saenz was a Los Angeles Unified School District dropout and run-of-the-mill tagger known on the east side of Los Angeles as Smiley, a nod to the way he flashed his trademark brilliant grin. At age 22, he sidled up to two young east-side men peddling dope on North Clarence Street in Boyle Heights, pretending to be friend not foe. When Smiley got real close, he yanked out a hidden gun and killed Josue Hernandez and Leonardo Ponce, two members of the... More >>>
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Smiley knocks on Oscar Torres's door before dawn, laughs and gleefully rubs his hands together, chases Torres out the front door, and shoots the fallen Torres in the face at close range in Torres's own front yard.