Chicago prosecutors charge alleged gang members in murder of rapper FBG Duck
October 14, 2021 at 01:17
Five alleged Chicago gang members have been charged with gunning down rapper FBG Duck on the city’s north side last summer.
Charged with committing murder in aid of racketeering, assault in the aid of racketeering and various weapons charges are Chicago residents Charles Liggins, 30, Kenneth Roberson, 28, Tacarlos Offerd, 30, Christopher Thomas, 22, and Marcus Smart, 22.
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.
FORMER CHICAGO GANG MEMBER CALLS OUT MAYOR LIGHTFOOT'S DETACHMENT FROM THE CITYWeekly 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.
Police said it appeared to be a "targeted" attack on either Weekly or another man nearby.
FBG Duck was reportedly known for his 2018 hit song "Slide," which currently has more than 65 million views on YouTube.
Police determined Weekly may have been targeted because days earlier he had made a video in which he disparaged rival gang members who had died, the Chicago Tribune reportedLiggins, Offerd, Thomas, and Smart were arrested Wednesday morning.
Roberson was already in custody in Cook County Jail, according to the release.
The federal murder count carries a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison and a maximum sentence of the death penalty.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPChicago Police Superintendent David Brown said the new indictment sends a message that "we are going after gangs in this city."
Fox News' Caitlin McFall and The Associated Press contributed to this report.