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Agents on the porch of a Lincoln Square house that was the site of an FBI raid on May 17, 2024. Credit: Alex J. Hernandez/Ecoglobalsociety

LINCOLN SQUARE —  The early morning raid on a Lincoln Square home last month has led to federal racketeering charges against two men who authorities say are gang members who killed an Illinois National Guardsman in 2021.

The details come from an indictment made public Friday, charging Joseph “Troubles” Matos, 41, and Gary “Gotti” Roberson, 40, with racketeering and firearm offenses. Both are accused of fatally shooting 19-year-old Chrys Carvajal on July 4, 2021, in Belmont Cragin, according to the indictment.

Federal agents with a search warrant entered a home 8 a.m. May 17 in the 2200 block of West Farragut Avenue. The agents used flash bangs, a type of stun grenade, before entering the building. Neighbors told Block Club they heard the stun grenades explode and saw federal agents dressed in SWAT gear enter the home.

Agents were looking for Matos when they were at the Farragut home, Joseph D. Fitzpatrick, U.S. Attorney's Office spokesperson, said in a statement. Neighbors previously told Block Club agents left the home without anyone in custody.

Matos is still at large, Fitzpatrick said.

Roberson was arrested and has pleaded not guilty, but will remain in custody pending his trial, Fitzpatrick said. Matos — who lived at the Farragut Avenue home — is not in custody, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest, Fitzpatrick said.

Matos and Roberson are members of the Milwaukee Kings and killed Carvajal “for the purpose of maintaining and increasing their positions” in the gang, Fitzpatrick said.

19-year-old Chrys Carvajal, who was a member of the National Guard, was fatally shot in Belmont Cragin during the July 4, 2021 weekend. Credit: Facebook

Police were not notified of the May 17 raid on the Lincoln Square home. After federal agents dressed in SWAT gear departed, at least four federal agents in plainclothes remained at the home. 

Those agents removed clothes and several other items from the residence and left without anyone in custody, neighbors previously said.

Carvajal, a Portage Park native, was a member of the Illinois National Guard, Fitzpatrick said.

Carvajal had finished basic training in South Carolina and came back to Chicago the month before he was killed to visit relatives, his family previously said.

Family and friends of 19-year-old Chrys Carvajal created a memorial where he was fatally. Credit: Ariel Parrella-Aureli/Ecoglobalsociety

The shooting happened 1:23 a.m. July 4, 2021, in the 2200 block of North Lockwood Avenue, police said. Officers responding to a call of shots fired found Carvajal, unresponsive, lying on the sidewalk with gunshot wounds in his back and abdomen. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Carvajal was killed just days before his 20th birthday.

A month after the shooting, police identified a high-ranking member of the Milwaukee Kings gang as a suspect and presented evidence to Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, the Sun-Times reported. Foxx's office didn't file charges, calling the evidence “insufficient to meet our burden of proof to file murder charges,” according to the Sun-Times.

Jennifer Ramirez remembered her brother as a one-of-a-kind person with a pure soul and dreams of becoming a police officer. She previously said Carvajal attended a party with his girlfriend down the street from where he was killed.

“Chrys was full of life, with a bright future ahead of him,” Ramirez wrote on the GoFundme fundraiser at the time.

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