If outlined it often means the person is in sorrow for a fallen gang member. It can also be given to commemorate a loved one who died while the wearer was incarcerated
If the teardrop is filled in it could indicate the wearer killed someone. The number of filled teardrops usually shows the number of people a gang member killed.
Pictured: "Bloodhound", a 'shot caller' or boss with the LA Bloods gang, speaks to a reporter in support of granting clemency for Stanley 'Tookie'' Williams, co-founder of the arch rival Crips gang, on December 1, 2005 in Los Angeles, California.