Everything in Echo Park gets tagged – walls, palm trees, buses. But cars, for some reason, rarely get spray painted. There is always an exception, however, as the owners of at least seven vehicles parked on an Echo Park street discovered on Christmas morning. A resident described what happened:
The residents of Belmont Ave between Clinton and Bellevue awoke to a very special Christmas present. Some early riser had taken it upon themselves to tag more than 7 CARS with the “MS 13” tag of the infamous Mara Salvatrucha gang. This is about a week after the Big Top Locos vigorously marked their territory with VBTLS ONLY tags and arrows on the more traditional walls, curbs, and street signs. Rampart anti-gang was investigating the car tagging.