Federal prosecutors have taken over the case of a National Guardsman’s 2021 murder in Chicago after Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office declined to charge a gang member involved.

The victim, 19-year-old National Guardsman Chrys Carvajal, was with his family during Fourth of July celebrations in 2021 when he was killed, reported CWB Chicago.

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                  Carvajal, 19, was fatally shot in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on Chicago’s Northwest Side.

Despite law enforcement requests for charges, prosecutors cited insufficient evidence and did not proceed, leaving the case unresolved. Carvajal’s sister, Jennifer Ramirez, expressed her family’s devastation, highlighting his service and the tragic timing of his death.

Federal prosecutors have now charged two Milwaukee Kings gang members with racketeering and murder in connection with Carvajal’s death. One of these men was previously identified by Chicago police as a suspect in 2021.

Carvajal was retrieving something from his car around 1:20 a.m. on July 4, 2021, when he was shot and killed in the 2200 block of North Lockwood.

In the following month, detectives sought to charge a 38-year-old high-ranking Milwaukee Kings gang member with murder. Despite video footage, eyewitness accounts, and evidence placing the suspect’s car and phone at the scene, the case did not move forward.

Last Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois announced indictments against Gary Roberson, 40, and Joseph Matos, 41, for racketeering and firearm offenses. They are accused of murdering Carvajal to maintain their positions in the Milwaukee Kings.

Roberson, arrested last month, has pleaded not guilty and remains in federal custody. Matos is still at large with an issued arrest warrant. Conviction could result in life imprisonment or the death penalty.