Remember Dooky from 'Boyz 'N The Hood'? He Was Tragically Shot and Killed Days before Turning 23
Dedrick D. Gobert was a supporting actor better known for his role as Dooky, the pacifier-sucking young man in the ‘90s film “Boyz ‘N The Hood.” Sadly, he was killed just a few days before turning 23 in a gang-related fight that originated at an illegal drag-race competition.
Most of the main actors on John Singleton’s “Boyz N the Hood” went on to have successful careers in the entertainment industry. Regina King, Ice Cube, Morris Chestnut, and Cuba Gooding Jr., to name a few, are now considered veterans in Hollywood with several films under their belts.
However, not all actors of the teenhood drama film had the same luck.
Dedrick Gobert, who played a supporting role in the film as Dooky, a friend of Darrin "Doughboy" Baker, played by Ice Cube, only got to appear in two other movies before his death. “Poetic Justice,” in 1993, and “Higher Learning,” which was released posthumously in 1995.
Gobert was shot to death on November 19, 1994, in the parking lot of a pizza parlor at Mira Loma, California.
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According to court records, Gobert, his friend Ignacio Hernandez, 19, and his girlfriend Jenny Hyon, 16, had attended an illegal street-race earlier that night. At the race, Hernandez’s car was cut-off by an Asian driver, and both men go out of their vehicles to fight. At least ten other Asians surrounded Hernandez, but when the police arrived, everyone drove away.
Gobert, Hernandez, and Hyon then drove to the pizza parlor. There, the same group of Asians approached them, and they started to throw insults at each other.
However, Maile Gilleres, a woman who had joined Gobert’s group, managed to make an agreement with the other group about leaving the place to avoid another fight. However, after driving up and down the road for several minutes, Gobert approached a different group, part of the Akraho Boyz Crazzys (ABC) gang, and identified himself as part of the Crips gang before throwing insults at them.
The group laughed off Gobert’s words because they thought he was drunk, and they outnumbered him. Then, Gobert allegedly pulled up his shirt, presumably to reach for a gun. The ABC members tackled Golbert to the ground, kicking him and stomping him in “self-defense.”
At this point, Hernandez and Hyon tried to stop the aggression, with Hernadez getting in between his friend’s body and the ABC members. According to witnesses, Sonny Enraca, 22, shot Hernandez and Gobert. On his confession, ENraca said he had pulled Hernandez by the hair because he looked familiar.
He wanted to ask where he was from. But Hernadez put Enraca’s hand away which Enraca interpreted as an attempt to grab his gun.
He shot Hernadez twice, in the back and the head. Gobert, who was still face down on the floor, started to throw insults at Enraca while attempting to move.
Enraca also shot him in the back of the head. Hyon witnessed everything. He also kicked Enraca and tried to attack him.
He said that he fired a shot that he thought went over her head but instead struck her in the neck, leaving her paralyzed from the neck down.
Enraca then jumped on the car of two fellow gang members, Roger Boring, and Lester Maliwat, and according to Lester’s testimony, when he asked Enraca why he "shot the girl." Enraca stated, "[expletive] them. They deserved it."
Police arrested Enraca on December 12. He was charged with two counts of murder with special circumstances (the circumstances being that the shootings were gang-related) and one count of attempted murder. On May 12, he was found guilty and sentenced to death.
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