*If movie goers remember the actors and actresses in the 1991 black culture classic movie “Boyz N The Hood,” directed by John Singleton, it’s difficult not to recall the character “Dooky,” played by Dedrick Gobert.
“Dooky” was the pacifier-toting and sucking gangsta character in the movie. Gobert was credited with teenagers in the 1990s sucking on pacifiers which became a nationwide trend.
Several years after “Boyz N The Hood,” Gobert, according to reports, was fatally shot after arguing during a drag race.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Gobert and almost 40 other people were involved in an illegal drag race in November of 1994. The race was in Mira Loma, California, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles. The Times’ article said a brutal fight between Gobert and members of a gang erupted sometime during the racing activities. Following the fight, Gobert and his friend, Ignacio Hernandez, were fatally shot. Gobert’s girlfriend Jenny Hyon was involved in the fight and ultimately shot. Although she survived, Hyon was left paralyzed from the neck down.
In December of 1994, police arrested Sonny Enraca, who was ultimately identified as the shooter. He was charged with the murders of both Gobert and Hernandez, and the non-fatal shooting of Hyon. He claimed he was acting in self-defense, after Gobert reached under his shirt as if he had a gun.
In May of 1999, Enraca was sentenced to death, according to the Times story. Last year, due to California Governor Gavin Newsome’s executive moratorium in 737 California death sentences cases, Enraca was removed from Death Row. He is reportedly still serving time for the two murders and one non-fatal shooting.
In addition to Gobert appearing in “Boyz N The Hood,” he also was featured in two other films: “Poetic Justice” (1993) and “Higher Learning” (1995, released posthumously).