Five suspected Chicago gang members have been accused of shooting rapper FBG Duck up north last summer.
The O-Block gang shot dead FBG Duck, 26 – real name Carlton Weekly – in August 2020 in trendy Gold Coast, and “claimed responsibility for acts of violence in Chicago and used social media and music to increase their criminal enterprise, ”the US attorney’s office in Chicago said in a press release.
Chicagoans Charles Liggins, 30, Kenneth Roberson, 28, Tacarlos Offerd, 30, Christopher Thomas, 22, and Marcus Smart, 22, are charged with murder for racketeering, assault for racketeering and various weapons charges.
In an afternoon court hearing, Liggins, Offerd, Thomas and Smart pleaded not guilty and the judge ordered them to remain in custody pending detention hearings. Roberson was not in court and the U.S. prosecutor’s office said his initial hearing was not scheduled.
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Weekly was standing outside a store on Oak Street in broad daylight when two men got out of two vehicles, opened fire, then got into the vehicles and drove off. Weekly was killed and a woman and another man were injured. Police said it was a “targeted” attack on Weekly or another man nearby.
FBG Duck has reportedly been known for his 2018 hit song “Slide,” which currently has over 65 million views on YouTube.
Police determined Weekly may have been targeted because days earlier he made a video denouncing deceased rival gang members, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Liggins, Offerd, Thomas and Smart were arrested on Wednesday morning. Roberson was already in custody in the Cook County Jail, the statement said.
The federal murder count carries a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison and a maximum death penalty.
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Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said the new indictment sends the message that “we are prosecuting the gangs in this city.”
Fox News’ Caitlin McFall and The Associated Press contributed to this report.