Five members of the infamous 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 solve the case.
Chicago rapper FBG Duck, 26, was shot and killed by four people during the day in August 2020. Gunmen jumped from two cars on a busy Gold Coast street and opened fire when FBG, or ‘Fly Boy Gang’, was reportedly shopping for his son’s birthday present.
All five suspects, who police say are O-Block members, were arrested Wednesday morning near 63rd and Martin Luther King on Chicago’s South Side.
Marcus Smart, 22, Charles Liggines, 30, Kenneth Robertson, 28, Tacarlos Offered, 30, and Christopher Thomas, 22 were charged under the federal RICO Act, which was originally 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 6.6 million views on YouTube
21 Savage, pictured, remixed FBG Duck’s 2018 single ‘Slide’, associating the slain rapper with the notable artist
Investigators and city officials allege that the rapper, whose real name is Carlton Weekly, was a gang member whose bragging about music videos annoyed 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 are engaged in a violent and bloody war with O-Block’s Black Disciples gang, which includes prominent rappers such as Chief Keef and the late King Von.
Federal prosecutors investigating an unrelated crime series linked the same suspects to the deadly shooting, as well as drug trafficking and other violence to protect gang members, the report said. Chicago CBS.
Authorities claim that FBG Duck’s murder was motivated by a gang war.
FBG Duck was shot dead by four people in broad daylight in August 2020 after the gunmen jumped from two cars on a busy Chicago street
Pictured: Authorities wrap crime scene tape around where FBG Duck was ambushed and shot dead 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 rank within O-Block, the outlet reports.
Authorities said they hope the arrests will deter others from committing such brutal acts in Chicago, which remains one of the deadliest cities in the country.
“We are serious about working with federal partners,” said Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown.
Authorities claim the murder of FBG Duck was considered one of those violent crimes committed 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 Wednesday morning near 63rd and Martin Luther King (pictured) on Chicago’s South Side.
The investigation into the murder and related crimes is still ongoing, police said.
“There are now five people in custody who have never been in custody before,” said John R. Lausch Jr, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
“And now it is known to them, and it is known to everyone who might commit similar acts of brutality and who may or may not boast that their day has come.”
FBG Duck is perhaps best known for its 2018 single “Slide,” which was recorded as a remix by recording artist 21 Savage.