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Guilty Verdicts in FBG Duck Murder Case: A Deep Dive into the Trial and its Impact on Chicago’s Hip-Hop Scene

Written by on January 19, 2024

Guilty Verdicts in FBG Duck Murder Case: A Deep Dive into the Trial and its Impact on Chicago’s Hip-Hop Scene

FBG Duck's mother, affectionately known as Mama Duck, surrounded by supporters at courthouse for FBG Duck murder trial.

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In a significant development in the murder case of Chicago rapper FBG Duck, a federal jury has convicted six individuals for their involvement in his death. The verdict, delivered after a three-month trial, marks a pivotal moment in a case that has captured the attention of the hip-hop community and highlighted issues of gang violence within the city.

Convicted defendants in FBG Duck murder case. They have become to be referred to as the “O’Block Five”.

The convicted individuals are Charles Liggins (also known as “C Murda”), Kenneth Roberson (“Kenny” or “Kenny Mac”), Tacarlos Offerd (“Los”), Christopher Thomas (“C Thang”), Marcus Smart (“Muwop”), and Ralph Turpin (“Tall” or “Teezy”). They faced charges of murder in aid of racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, with some also facing firearm charges. The prosecution’s case centered on the murder being part of an ongoing gang conflict, bringing to light the dangerous dynamics in Chicago’s hip-hop scene.

FBG Duck, whose real name was Carlton Weekly, was fatally shot on August 4, 2020, in Chicago’s Gold Coast. The incident occurred while he was shopping for his son’s birthday. In addition to Weekly’s death, two others were wounded in the shooting. The prosecution argued that Weekly, a member of the STL/EBT or Tookaville faction of the Gangster Disciples, was targeted due to an ongoing feud with the O Block faction of the Black Disciples, to which the convicted individuals were allegedly connected.

The trial also revealed the role of “diss tracks” – songs posted online by gang members that disrespect rivals and can fuel street violence. Investigators linked the defendants to the crime through evidence found in a car used in the shooting, as well as surveillance footage.

The verdict has been a source of some solace for Weekly’s family, particularly his mother, who expressed relief and a sense of justice being served. She spoke about the difficulties faced during the trial and the impact of her son’s death, underscoring the emotional toll of the incident on his loved ones.

The case of FBG Duck not only exposes the perils faced by artists in the hip-hop industry, often caught in the crosshairs of gang rivalries, but also underscores the broader issue of gang-related violence in Chicago. As the community and the music world reflect on this tragic incident, there is hope that the convictions might serve as a deterrent to such violence in the future.

The sentencing for the convicted individuals is yet to be determined, but they are expected to face severe penalties for their roles in this crime, which has had a profound impact on the Chicago community and beyond​​​​​​.