Five suspected members of a street gang in Chicago were charged with the murder of local rapper FBG Duck last year, according to a federal indictment released Wednesday.
The five Chicagoans, who are part of the O-Block street gang, have been charged with “murder for the benefit of racketeering,” according to federal officials. The charge relates to the murder of Carlton Weekly, a Chicago rapper also known as FBG Duck.
The popular rapper was gunned down outside a retail store in the Gold Coast neighborhood in August. He was one of three people shot when a group of four got out of two cars in the first block of East Oak Street in Chicago and opened fire, police said.
Charles Liggins, 30, also known as “C Murda”; Kenneth Roberson, also known as “Kenny Mac”, 28; Tacarlos Offerd, 30, also known as “Los”; Christopher Thomas, 22, also known as “C Thang”; and Marcus Smart, also known as “Muwop”, also 22, were all charged in the indictment.
Liggins, Offerd, Thomas and Smart were arrested Wednesday morning and were due to appear in court the same afternoon, authorities said. Roberson, meanwhile, was in the custody of the Cook County Corrections Department and will appear in court at a later date.
According to the indictment, the O-Block gang has publicly claimed responsibility for numerous “acts of violence” in Chicago and used social media to “increase their criminal enterprise.”
The five members were also charged with federal firearms violations and racketeering assaults, according to U.S. Northern District Attorney John Lausch.
Authorities had said Weekly was also a suspected gang member in Chicago.
“He’s an individual who thinks he’s a rapper but is also a member of a gang. There has been an ongoing conflict between his gang and another,” said Chicago Mayor Lori at the time. Lightfoot. “He was live streaming his travels around town and he was found.”
Lightfoot said the shooting highlighted “a bigger problem.”
“Too many young men and especially young men of color have access to guns and are willing to use these guns to settle small grievances,” she said.
Details of the conflict between the two gangs were not disclosed.