According to a report on Wednesday 13 October 2021, five gang members have been charged with murder in relation to last year’s shooting death of a Chicago rapper that prosecutors say was part of an ongoing violent effort to protect gang territories on the city’s South Side.
Carlton Weekly, 26, aka FBG Duck, was killed by the O-Block gang in August 2020 in the fashionable Gold Coast neighborhood, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago.
The Report said Weekly was standing outside a store on Oak Street in broad daylight when two men climbed from two vehicles, opened fire, then climbed back into the vehicles and drove off.
Weekly died due to this cruel act, while a woman and another man were injured.
Officials said that the O-Block gang also “claimed responsibility for acts of violence in Chicago and used social media and music to increase their criminal enterprise.”
The five persons that are arrested on Wednesday morning include, Charles Liggins, 30, Kenneth Roberson, 28, Tacarlos Offerd, 30, Christopher Thomas, 22, and Marcus Smart, 22. Authorities charged them with committing murder in aid of racketeering, assault in the aid of racketeering, and various weapons charges are Chicago residents.
At an afternoon court hearing, Liggins, Offerd, Thomas, and Smart entered pleas of not guilty, and the judge ordered that they remain in custody pending detention hearings. Roberson was not in court, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office said his initial hearing was not scheduled.
Police said it appeared to be a “targeted” attack on either Weekly or another man nearby. Another report said, the 26-year-old Weekly may have been targeted because days earlier he had made a video in which he belittled rival gang members who had died.
The federal murder count carries a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison and the maximum sentence of the death penalty.