Is Steven Perez, fatal stabbing victim, North Side Mafia gang member "Sly Dog"? (26)

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The Denver coroner has ID'd the man stabbed to death late Sunday afternoon as Steven Perez, 38.

Additionally, a published report says Perez was a member of the North Side Mafia, the venerable Denver street gang at the center of a 2010 episode of the History Channel's Gangland series that caused controversy among local bangers and anti-gang activists alike. His alleged street name: "Sly Dog." Get more details on the crime that took Perez's life and see the complete episode below.

The coroner's office notes that Perez was transported from 41st and Pecos on Sunday, November 30, with him succumbing to multiple stab wounds at 5:35 p.m. However, Denver Police Department spokesman Sergeant Steve Warneke says investigators believe the actual attack on Perez took place near the intersection of 40th and Osage, an area captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."

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After being stabbed, Perez "apparently got in his car and tried to drive a little ways, but it wasn't very far," Warneke notes. Emergency personnel "got him out of his car, but we were able to determine the actual crime scene was nearby." He adds that "it looks like it was an outdoor scene, but we're still determining if anything took place inside the car, too."

Thus far, no suspects have been identified, and Warneke encourages anyone with information about the crime to contact the DPD at 720-913-6010 or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).

Meanwhile, a Denver Post brief, citing an unnamed police source, describes Perez as "a member of the North Side Mafia street gang" who went by the name "Sly Dog." Warneke doesn't confirm this information, pointing out that "it isn't the kind of thing we typically release," but neither does he deny it.

The North Side Mafia had already been around for years when our David Holthouse wrote about it in a 2001 article entitled "This Thug's Life." In the piece, Holthouse called NSM "north Denver's most deeply entrenched and ill-famed band of thugs" and noted that at the time, the gang used as its theme song the Project Pat song "North, North," featuring lines such as "On the north side of town (North, North!)/Lurk the killers and the thugs (North, North!)/Those who never show pity (North, North!)/Come up short, feel the slugs (North, North!)"

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Nearly a decade later, the aforementioned Gangland series focused on NSM for a program entitled "Mile High Killers." Immediately after its airing, the episode was attacked by Francisco Gallardo, program director for Gang Rescue and Support Project (GRASP), who cooperated in the making of the show but couldn't have been more pissed off about how it turned out.

In a now-deleted video, Gallardo claimed to have been told by producers that they wouldn't focus on sensationalism -- but as you'll see in the clips below, that's not the way "Mile High Killers" turned out. He called the results "nothing but lies, lies, lies, lies, lies," and plenty more.

Afterward, the comments on our post featuring the Gallardo clip evolved into a virtual gang war, with often-capitalized words as weapons.

Look below to see all five parts of the "Mile High Killers" examination of the North Side Mafia, followed by a clip featuring Project Pat's "North, North."

Continue for more of the "Mile High Killers" episode of Gangland, plus a music video.

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Put two in the head of every gang member, society will throw a fucking party. The only bad thing to happen here is more of these North side taco benders didn't die by their own hands!


and we should care about a dead parasite why? too bad it wasn't a shootout that took more "thugs".


You might want to reconsider the word "venerable" in this context.


Either way it is safe to say that we didn't miss out on a cure for cancer when this guy died. As the great Bill Hicks said: "one less gas station attendant." And that is best case scenario. What kind of fucking loser is in a Denver street gang at the age of 38?


@redsoxfan Why? So you "green tree huggers" that are living in the new HIghlands area can be considered victims of another crime? You all would be running scared and move out of the area. Why should anyone care about a redsoxfan when you live in Denver? 


@jima444 Wouldn't surprise me one bit if Michael Roberts actually revered and respected these  assclowns.


@ReeferAddict What kind of dumb ass has their name as "ReeferAddict" anyway? Did it ever occur to you that even though this individual may or may not "possibly" be involved in a Denver gang that he is human and we all feel pain the same way. That this individual probably has a family and is someone's son, father, brother, cousin or loved one? Look at yourself in the mirror before you all decide to pass judgement. Go and smoke another joint and lose some more brain cells. Sounds like you may be fucking loser too. 

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