Five members of the notorious Chicago O-Block street gang were arrested Wednesday in connection with the murder of a South Side rapper a year ago – after investigators used social media and rap videos to help crack the case.
Chicago rapper FBG Duck, 26, was shot to death by four people during the day in August 2020. Gunmen jumped out of two cars on a busy Gold Coast street and opened fire as FBG, or ‘Fly Boy Gang’, reportedly was shopping for his son’s birthday present.
All five suspects, who police said are O-Block members, were arrested near 63rd and Martin Luther King on Chicago’s South Side Wednesday morning.
Marcus Smart, 22, Charles Liggines, 30, Kenneth Robertson, 28, Tacarlos Offered, 30, and Christopher Thomas, 22 were charged under the federal RICO act, initially created to help law enforcement dismantle the mafia, ABC 7 Chicago reported.
Pictured: South Side rapper FBG Duck in his music video for the song ‘I’m From 63rd,’ which has garnered 6.6 million views on YouTube
21 Savage, pictured, remixed FBG Duck’s 2018 single ‘Slide’ with the slain rapper being associated with the notable recording artist
Investigators and city officials claim the rapper, who’s real name is Carlton Weekly, was a gang member whose bragging on music videos irked members of a rival gang, ABC 7 Chicago reports.
The majority of Fly Boy Gang’s music group are Gangster Disciples, according to the website HipHopDatabase. The Disciples have been engaged in a violent and bloody turf war with O-Block’s Black Disciples gang, which features prominent rappers like Chief Keef and the late King Von.
Federal prosecutors investigating an unrelated crime spree linked the same suspects to the fatal shooting, as well as drug trafficking and other violence to protect gang members, according to Chicago CBS.
Authorities claim FBG Duck’s murder was motivated by a gang turf war.
FBG Duck was shot to death by four people in broad daylight back in August 2020, after the gunmen jumped out of two cars on a busy Chicago street
Pictured: authorities wrap crime scene tape around the scene where FBG Duck was ambushed and shot to death back in August 2020
Prosecutors said social media and music videos helped build the case against the violent street gang.
The suspects used both to take credit for their crimes in an effort to taunt rivals and improve their status and ranking within O-Block, the outlet reports.
Authorities said they hope the arrests will prevent others from carrying out such brazen acts in Chicago, which remains one of the deadliest cities nationwide.
‘We are serious about our collaboration together the federal partners,’ said Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown.
Authorities claim FBG Duck’s murder was believed to be one of those violent crimes done in the interest of ‘maintaining and increasing positions in O-block’
All five suspects, who say they are members of the feared O-Block street gang, were arrested near 63rd and Martin Luther King (pictured) on Chicago’s South Side Wednesday morning
Investigations into the murder and related crimes are still ongoing, according to law enforcement.
‘There are now five people in custody who weren’t in custody before,’ said John R. Lausch Jr, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
‘And now it’s known to them, and it’s known to anybody else who might be committing similar acts of brazen violence and who may brag about it or not brag about it, that their day has come.’
FBG Duck is perhaps best known for his 2018 single ‘Slide,’ which was recorded as a remix by recording artist 21 Savage.