Founded by Mexican foreign workers who were uprooted from their native region to work in Montréal, the Muertos are a massive gang who lord over the neighborhood of Griffintown and who basically rule the Griffintown Complex, an unfinished megabuilding on the northern shore of the Lachine Canal. The Muertos are an ethnic gang who protect the latino communities within their turf. Muertos are immediately identifiable through their religious or Dia de los Muertos themed tattoos, including flowers and skulls, but their most distinguishing feature is their “Calaveras”, armored face masks which are painted and modified to evoke neon sugar skulls.
The majority of Muertos are of Mexican heritage, but the gang does not disallow other ethnic groups from joining, as long as they integrate with their Mexican cultural practices. Muertos, and the community they protect, celebrate many Mexican holidays and customs as a way to preserve their stolen culture. The Muertos ensure that the SPVM never injustly attacks their community, often through violent retribution.
The Muertos are deeply embedded in the Greater Griffintown area as well as most of the Sud-Ouest. Most of the bars and nightclubs of Greater Griffintown are fronts for the Muertos. Their main sources of revenue are drug trafficking, weapon and cyberware smuggling, prostitution and vehicle theft.
The Muertos exert influence from the Griffintown Complex, a self-contained Combat Zone which they mostly control, through which they smuggle foreign weapons, cyberware and drugs. The explosive rise of the Muertos on the gang stage has led many to believe that they are being backed and supplied by Latin American Cartels.