Five alleged members of a Chicago street gang accused of killing a rapper and using music and social media to increase their influence have been indicted, federal prosecutors in Illinois announced.
Allegedly acting as part of the O’Block gang operating out of the South Side of Chicago, Charles “C Murda” Liggins, 30, Kenneth “Kenny Mac” Roberson, 28, Tacarlos “Los” Offerd, 30, Chrisopher “C Thang” Thomas, 22, and Marcus “Muwop” Smart, 22, have been charged with committing murder in aid of racketeering as well as federal firearm violations, and assaults in aid of racketeering.
“The O-Block gang allegedly engaged in numerous acts of violence, including the murder of Carlton Weekly, a Chicago rapper also known as ‘FBG Duck,’ on Aug. 4, 2020,” prosecutors alleged.
That afternoon, Weekly was outside a downtown Chicago clothing store waiting in line when four gunmen jumped out of two cars and shot at him in a brazen 4:30 p.m. attack. Weekly was pronounced dead at an area hospital.
Weekly, 26, was a member of the Gangster Disciples, police said, and the gang was involved in an ongoing feud with the Black Disciples, a South Side gang that O-Block is a faction of, the Chicago Tribune reported.
“This is a significant charge,” Chicago’s U.S. Attorney John Lausch said.
Chicago police Superintendent David Brown noted authorities “are going after gangs in this city."
Roberson was already in custody on shooting charges in an unrelated case and is expected to appear on the new federal charges at a later date. The other four defendents —Liggins, Offerd, Thomas, and Smart — were arrested Oct. 13 and entered not guilty pleas.
If convicted of the charges against them, the men face a mandatory minimum sentence of life behind bars and prosecutors could seek the death penalty, according to sentencing guidelines.