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Smiling, Long calls Wright family.
"We was ahead of our time," Long says. "We grew up and had to turn into men at a young age. It's like if you put a cub in the jungle, he's going to have to adapt to his surroundings and turn into a savage."
Moody soon began running drugs for the 51st Street Crips.
Born on June 10, 1983, Wright had grown up at the corner of 51st Street and Bellefontaine Avenue. His father, Steven Wright Sr., now 45, would be sentenced to prison several times on drug charges. (He is now serving a 14-year sentence for cocaine distribution.) In 1997, his mother was sentenced to three years' probation after police found crack in her car during a traffic stop.
He earned the nickname Moody when he was an infant because he craved attention, says one family member. "He always wanted to be held. We babied him. That's why we gave him that name."
When he was in his early teens, he went to church every Sunday. At 14, he stood only about 5 feet 4 inches tall and didn't weigh much more than 100 pounds. He looked after his siblings -- six sisters and a brother -- cooking them breakfast, laughing and telling jokes. "He's just a happy person," the family member says. "That little man ain't going to cause that much fear to grown people."
When he had a daughter in November 2001, he was a good father. "He's very caring and has a heart," the family member says.
But around 1997, residents in the Third Wall began recognizing the 51st Street Crips rolling through. They started to think Moody was responsible for the neighborhood's escalating violence.
One woman who has lived near 33rd and Benton for nearly 15 years says her sons ran from Moody and other 51st Street Crips who leaned out of cars with handguns and assault rifles. Her oldest son pulls up his shirt to show where he was hit by a high-caliber round that pierced his upper arm, leaving a scar the size of a child's fist.
As the woman spoke with her neighbors, word always came back that it was Moody or another gangster in his crew. It was as if Moody wanted them to know he was behind the shootings.
Meanwhile, Cheri Clark was losing her sons to the Third Wall Bloods.
They dressed in red down to their shoelaces. Her youngest, Tommy Simmons, was going by the name Tommy Gun. He and Moody were starting to shoot at each other -- she says it started in high school when Tommy and Moody both had crushes on the same girl.
A week after Tommy and the girl began dating, Clark says, someone shot up Tommy's car.
None of it made sense. Clark had gone to St. Vincent High School with Wright's mother, who had dated Clark's brother. "All of them were friends at one time," Clark says of their sons.
Now they were warring in the streets.
Wright's indictment reveals that between July 17, 1999, and November 19, 2002, he was charged with 14 felonies after police recovered drugs and guns from his vehicle during traffic stops or raids on his home. Police say Wright was holding or had stolen 100 grams of PCP, 600 grams of cocaine, 140 grams of marijuana, 11 grams of Ecstasy and 18 doses of prescription medication. Police recovered more than $40,000 in cash during arrests and raids on the homes of Wright and other 51st Street Crips. Over that time, investigators confiscated 12 handguns and three assault rifles and traced four of the guns to the scenes of aggravated assaults.