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Mantle

"In our business, you get paid by fear"

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The story and development of Kentrell Davis, an adult nurtured and shortly abandoned in an impoverished Los Santos neighborhood


"The loudest one in the room is the weakest one in the room"

 

"See ya are what ya are in this world. That's either one of two things: Either you're somebody, or you aint nobody."

 

"In our business you get paid by fear"

 

"Don't tell me what they said about me. Tell me why they were so comfortable to say it around you."

 

"They wanna see you do good, just never better than them."


 

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Kentrell Davis was born in Los Santos, San Andreas in 1997 to father Dwayne Davis and mother Joanna Aiken. His younger half-brother, Ronald Davis, was born in Los Santos, San Andreas in 1996. His father was underage when he fathered his first son and Kentrell’s older half brother. Ronald was born of a different mother and grew up in a nicer part of town. Thus, the half brothers had little to no personal contact during each of their upbringings.

 

Both of his parents were from Los Santos, though they were from different parts. His father was originally from the The Valley, with his family comprising part of that district’s black minority. His mother was from Strawberry, but had strong family ties to Chamberlain Hills. Both of his parents were young when he was born: his father was a 22 year old urban laborer with a criminal record, and his mother was a 19 year old unemployed petty criminal.

 

Kentrell spent the first few years of his life living in The Valley, a district of Los Santos which has white and Latino majorities. He grew up attending area schools as a young child, and found himself being bullied by racist white and Latino children. His family outside of school also suffered from occasional racist harassment in the streets. In order to defend himself, Kentrell developed very strong bonds with other black youths and frequently got into fist fights at his attended elementary schools. This directly led to a string of disciplinary problems over several years, and he frequently found himself getting detentions and suspensions. By the age of 7, he had already been expelled from two separate elementary schools for behavioral and academic problems.

 

His father worked very long and extremely tiring hours as a construction laborer at numerous job sites around the Eastside slums in order to provide for his family. At home, his father was quite emotionally distant from his family, and excessively drank alcohol while occasionally abusing hard drugs. While some of his earnings went towards feeding and clothing Kentrell and his mother, a considerable amount of it went towards alcohol, illicit narcotics and rarely, prostitutes. The family lived out of numerous trailer parks and shotgun houses dotted along main roads, and were subjected to witnessing and experiencing gang-related violent crime in the streets on a regular basis.

 

In 2009, a freak workplace accident at a Downtown core construction site left his father Dwayne with a broken back. He was treated with numerous painkillers while recovering inside and outside of municipal hospitals, and overtime, he became addicted. His addiction gradually spiraled out of control and he began using heroin bought from peckerwood and Sureño gangbangers in the streets. He almost always got high while at home, thereby intimately exposing his son to his addiction, and introducing him to his numerous gang affiliated drug dealers. In the midst of his addiction, Kentrell’s mother Joanna left him in order to better her own life and the life of her son. In 2010, several months after Dwayne’s accident, Joanna left The Valley and moved to Strawberry in order to be with her family.

 

Kentrell thereby spent the remainder of his childhood and teenage years in numerous ghetto neighborhoods, but mostly Strawberry. His mother lived with her brother and brother’s teenage daughter in the Tahitian Housing Projects. He soon found himself getting along very well with his older maternal cousin Monique, and the two of them started committing petty crimes in the streets together when not in school. For a couple of years, the two cousins largely participated in petty crimes such as shoplifting, theft, muggings and vandalizing public property. While Kentrell was athletically active in the first couple of years of his junior high school years, he was eventually kicked off all of his teams for poor academic performance, truancy and disrespect towards his teachers. In spite of excelling in sports such as basketball and wrestling, he placed greater priority on making money through street crime with his older cousin than he did athletics or academics. By the 2011 - - 2012 school year, Kentrell had only attended a total of 42 days. His attendance was poorly enforced by his mother. His mother would send him to school in the morning, directly from her housing unit, only for him to loiter in the streets outside of the projects with other juvenile delinquents.

 

Kentrell’s first ever interaction with the Los Santos police was when he was 14 years old in 2011, consisting of him being asked about whether or not he had shoplifted from a Walmart in Strawberry. His second interaction came the same year for beating up another teenager at a high school’s schoolyard, and despite the police threatening to press charges for assault, he was instead let go with a very stern warning.

 

Kentrell and Monique’s crimes began developing in severity over the years, starting from when they befriended several young members of the Rollin 40's Neighborhood Crips. Kentrell and Monique befriended these gangbangers while at school during the day and while loitering around the projects at night. When Kentrell was 15 in 2012, and his sister 17, the two of them started holding hard drugs for the Crips in the streets. The hard drugs, normally crack cocaine or heroin, were personally handed off to drug dealers before their deals in the projects during the nighttime. Eventually, after earning the trust of a few well respected Crips, they started delivering drugs directly to the Crips clientele, some of whom were regulars at neighborhood dive bars. As a reward for carrying out these tasks, the Crips intimidated the bar staff behind the scenes in order to allow Kentrell and Monique to drink at such places while still very underage. This began Kentrell’s first instance of substance abuse. He often got extremely drunk while at these dive bars, and had to be taken home to the projects by Monique. While at home, provided his mother and uncle were not there, Monique would smoke marijuana with him while he was already plastered. Within a couple of months, Kentrell began drinking more frequently and smoking more marijuana in order to ease the various stressors of his daily life.

 

As the years went on, so did the severity of Kentrell’s ghetto bred criminality. By the age of 16, he was already involved with car thefts, burglaries, armed robberies and violent assaults in the streets. He regularly drank alcohol at home and in the streets, despite his mother’s constant protests. He rarely attended high school and had completely given up on playing sports. He occasionally sold hard drugs around the projects that he stole from other gang affiliated drug dealers from other bordering neighborhoods. This dark road led him to a dead end. A few months after he turned 16 in 2013, he was arrested and criminally charged by the Los Santos police for robbing and assaulting a 74 year old elderly man in Downtown Los Santos. Given the severity of his offenses, despite being a first time offender, he was sentenced to 10 months in the Central Juvenile Hall, situated in the Downtown core of Los Santos.

 

 

Kentrell went on to serve the full 10 months in the Central Juvenile Hall. But due to fighting other wards and disobedient behaviors, he spent an accumulated 7.5 months in solitary confinement and away from the general population. Being socially isolated for prolonged periods of time took its toll on Kentrell’s mental health. He became prone to fits of explosive anger, and channeled this towards fighting other wards in the facility. During school instruction provided to him within the facility, he was loud and disruptive, and verbally disrespected his teachers during classes. His experience as a juvenile delinquent behind bars made him mentally hardened but emotionally unstable at the same time. He was never eventually charged for fighting while in the facility, and was eventually released in early 2014.

 

After his incarceration as a juvenile was finished, he returned home to the Tahitian Housing Projects in Strawberry. He decreased the frequency of his crimes in order to avoid being arrested by the police and incarcerated again. While he still suffered from a bit of problem drinking, he started to attend school on a more regular basis. He attempted to improve his relationship with his mother, who was stuck working a 9 - 5 job at a local Target superstore for the 5th year in a row. He himself attempted to find gainful employment and he soon found a job at a McDonald’s restaurant in Rancho. Though, he was fired from this particular job as a cashier after only working there for 2.5 months following a shouting match with his boss in the kitchen during working hours.

 

 

In 2016, Kentrell got into an altercation with his rivals and old friends from the Rollin 40's Neighborhood Crips. Fortunately, at the time, Kentrell wasn't carrying his gun but he had a combat switchblade in his shorts. As things escalated between the two sides for the gas station, Kentrell's cousin, Monique, swung on the opposing side. A large scale brawl ensued to which Kentrell used his knife on opposing gang members Rakim Banks and Shannon Scurlock. His knife sank into Banks first, piercing his lungs putting him into immediate serious danger. Shannon Scurlock was stabbed into the shoulder and grazed across the neck. Remarkably, both wounded gang members survived the attack. This was mostly due to an undercover arriving within seconds. Kentrell was caught red-handed on CCTV damage. He admitted guilt to all charges against him and was later sentenced to three years in prison.

 

Kentrell was released from prison in early 2019, he was greeted at his home projects by fellow cousin Monique, who was shot three times in retaliation for the above incident during Kentrell's incarceration, and right hand man Lamar Barnes.

 

Whilst money was scarce upon release, Davis dug his toes into the drug dealing game. This time, he wasn't focused on the conflict that surrounds it. He was focused on the money within it He was eager to create something new. Something big. Something special. He was willing to do anything to gain notoriety in his area.

 

 

 

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