.

Former Evanston Resident Charged in Saturday's Homicide

Police have charged a former Evanston resident in the fatal shooting of Floyd Gibert, 30, who lived in the 2000 block of Ashland Avenue.

Police have charged a 22-year-old former Evanston resident in the shooting death of Floyd Gibert, 30, last Saturday. 

Dominic Connerly, of the 2000 block of Jethro Avenue in Zion, is charged with first-degree murder, according to a press release from Evanston Police Cmdr. Jason Parrott.

Gibert, who lived in the 2000 block of Ashland Avenue, was shot and killed in the 2000 block of Darrow Avenue around 6:20 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, according to police.

"The shooting is believed to have occurred from an ongoing dispute between two rival groups that was fueled by some social media postings prior to the shooting last Saturday," Parrott said in the release.

Connerly was out on parole for a theft charge at the time of the shooting, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections. He was expected to appear in bond court on the murder charge on Friday morning.
el debarge December 13, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Looks like may have been a former honor student and dedicated Father. Social media to blame
Tantor December 13, 2013 at 04:49 PM
"Rival groups." Not GANGS mind you. The authorities' Newspeak. Let us all repeat: this is a conflict between families; this is a conflict between factions; this is a conflict between groups. There are no GANGS in Evanston. There are no GANG conflicts in Evanston.
Just a guy December 13, 2013 at 07:06 PM
There are no gangs in evanston! These kids are claiming there street they hangout on,Evanston has had no gang ties in 10 years,how do I know used to run with them! We can't fix a problem we don't understand so stop making dumb a$$ comments you know nothing about . Born here raised here love here let's work together and get our town back (calling all who care)
Tantor December 13, 2013 at 08:36 PM
There are no GANGS in Evanston. Just families. Just factions. Just groups. Just kids. Just some youth. Just some teens like the 22 year old one arrested in Zion. Just some youth like the 30 year old one killed. There are no GANGS in Evanston. Just youth. Just kids. Just families. Just factions. Just groups. There are no GANG-sters in Evanston. There are no....
Lonnie wilson December 13, 2013 at 10:09 PM
I am not sure what you are trying to say TANTOR, but there arew gangs in Evanston.Some people knew that and for those who did not The city payed NU a pretty penny to tell them it was! The latest rash of deaths are more about lost souls then gangs. The community on Evanston west side has no real direction, the city has no plan past bricks and mortar, the schools system is for the chosen few, and most of the city's officials thinks the police can arrest there way clear of a 40 or 50 issue that has not been paid attention too!! Its sad a community so filled will brilliance capital, is paralyzed by inept leadership!! and its not just city people but business, Educators you name them they have failed!!
Lonnie wilson December 13, 2013 at 10:11 PM
40 or 50 year old issue so sorry!!
Jordan S. Zoot December 13, 2013 at 10:52 PM
You can't educate vile animals.....you can cage them....sorry I pay enough taxes....not one more dime for entitlement....we have an education system.....the reality is that some people can't or don't want to be educated...and we should stop throwing tax money at trying to save that which doesn't have a single ounce of redeeming value or moral fiber.....shoot someone over a dis on social media...that's what the guillotine is for.....chop his head off after a speedy trial...why should we pay to house and feed a rabid animal?
Karen December 13, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Lonnie Wilson, what is the 40-50 year old issue exactly? Just a Guy, what is behind this all? What can we do? I think people want to know what to do to remedy this because it is impacting our city obviously. I'm asking in seriousness.
Jordan S. Zoot December 13, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Twenty two years old and three felonies.........everyone ought be able to see where this should go..HOT SHOT AND A DIRT NAP.
Leroy December 14, 2013 at 07:56 AM
Sorry Lonnie but I think you've got it wrong. You blamed everyone but the most important people in all that's wrong with Evanston and other places for that matter. I'll put it in caps for you, THE PARENTS!!!!!!!! Start there and then work your way up or down. Where are these kids fathers? To be blessed to have a son and not be there to help raise him? They need to be "HOT SHOT AND A DIRT NAP". Not sure what that means but I think it's bad. How many of these kids come from broken homes? How many of these kids are being raised by grandparents who are not able to stay on top of them because they are old and weary (no disrespect intended). For all those that really want change and want to get involved, I think the answer is a very simple one. I'll put this in caps too MENTORING!! Of all the programs going on in the city of Evanston, how many mentoring programs are there? NOT ENOUGH!! Yes, I am well aware of the sports programs, FAAM, etc., but what happens when the season is over? How about the non athletic kids, where/who do they turn to? I'm calling out to all the so called leaders to address the obvious! Put together some more mentoring programs for our kids!! Then we will see who really wants change. I'm speaking as someone who knows firsthand what a difference having a positive role model can make in a kids life. It's easy to help the good kids, it's the kids who have problems that need the attention. DC is a perfect example. If only he had a positive role model. No way does he shoot anyone or even have a weapon!! Now look at this poor kid. I have as much sympathy for him as I do the poor victim. No, we cannot save them all but we have to try! Who is willing to do the work?
Jordan S. Zoot December 14, 2013 at 08:23 AM
To clarify...a hot shot and a dirt nap is a lethal injection just to be clear.
Tammy Robinson December 14, 2013 at 11:05 AM
When everyone gets done he is in the wrong but he also has two kids a 4 year old boy & 1 year old girl that will never see there dad again! I'm more worried aboutthem
Tammy Robinson December 14, 2013 at 11:12 AM
There are gangs in Evanston and that's a FACT but gangs have nothing to do with this situation. This situation got way out of hand when others involved themselves and everyone started picking up guns. Everyone wants to be tough and to be what they call "about that life" but what they don't realize is after you take a life or someone takes yours there is know comming back from that IT'S OVER!
Jordan S. Zoot December 14, 2013 at 11:59 AM
There isn't any indication that there is a single shard of human decency in the shooter...he deprived three children of having a father.....though spending 9 of the last ten years in prison doesn't make him much of a father....and one could question whether the kids are better off with or without him. The person that would take a life over a dis on social media....deserves death and nothing more....there is no reason to keep him alive and waste taxpayer money.....hopefully Mr. Gibert's kids have a decent remaining family structure....from the available information these kids got a bad deal in a parent.
Catherine L. Gregory December 14, 2013 at 12:59 PM
It is a very unfortunate situation for all involved. I know both families and I am praying for you all.
Mary December 15, 2013 at 02:49 PM
For an Evanston official to call this a dispute between "groups" is laughable. Evanston has a gang problem, period. It can't be addressed if it's not acknowledged.
Mary December 15, 2013 at 02:56 PM
All these shootings constitute a public safety issue and should be addressed as such. Nice as it might be to provide mentoring, after-school activities, etc., to try to prevent this sort of thing, thug culture is a powerful influence and frankly I'm in favor of action that is more immediate than the long-term actions I see proposed by some here. I'm a gun control advocate but I don't think we need to tie ourselves up in debates over guns. They are out there and are likely to remain out there. I disagree with Jordan on concealed carry being an answer. I think the city needs to look to other towns to see what they have done to protect the public from gang violence and then do that. But they can't do that without acknowledging there is a gang problem.
Mary December 15, 2013 at 02:57 PM
@Catherine L Gregory-- it's more than unfortunate. It's criminal.
Jordan S. Zoot December 15, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Mary.....concealed carry is state law in Illinois and Evanston has no control over it...that ship has sailed so get used to it. Also try to distinguish between firearms legally owned by law abiding citizens and illegal firearms owned by prohibited persons.....wanna bet that the murder weapon here wasn't legally owned?
Mary December 15, 2013 at 03:22 PM
@Jordan. I know that. I just disagree that concealed carry is going to have any positive impact on gun violence. It will not increase public safety, it will decrease it. We can both wait for the public safety statistics to see who is right. I don't think it needs to be rehashed ad nauseum in the Patch comments section. My point is that the gun laws are what they are, and the city should be pursuing smart ways to go after gang violence, which they can't do as long as they deny that it exists. You and I would probably both agree that the alleged killer had no right to a gun! since he is a felon. So how did he get one and what can be done to enforce existing laws to prevent people like him from having a gun?
Jordan S. Zoot December 15, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Enforcement of existing laws in Illinois and Cook County has been poor. If you want to know what can be done check this out..... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Exile
Mildred December 15, 2013 at 03:49 PM
@Mary Where do you think he got the gun? You think he bought it at a retail store? Gangs are Groups.
Mary December 15, 2013 at 04:52 PM
@Y--I think he got the gun from some scum middleman and at some point along the chain it was purchased legally in our hillbilly neighbor state of Indiana. And the terms gangs and groups are not synonymous. Don't use euphemisms to hide the truth.
Tantor December 15, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Mary, GANG-sters get their guns the same way people get the illegal drugs: illegally. This is not rocket science. And just as it is very difficult to stop even non-GANG-sters from buying and even stealing drugs which are illegal and which can kill people under certain circumstances (heroine, cocaine, the synthetics), so it is very difficult to stop GANG-sters, who stop at nothing, from buying and stealing guns illegally. No rocket science either. So what has to be done is stop focusing on the guns or the drugs (which if legalized might reduce crime, perhaps) and go after the GANG-sters, who traffic in drugs, in prostitution (mostly by giving drugs freely to young women, getting them hooked, and then prostituting them), and in guns. No rocket science either. But there are forces in Evanston that prevent fighting the gangs: a) the Mayor and the City Council dont want to acknowledge the GANG-ster problem, preferring to call it family feuds, or group feuds, or whatever but GANG-ster feuds because they want to pretend Evanston is nice and has no gangsters and because the GANGS are black and the authorities are terrified of being called racist by going after the gangsters and b) it is in the interest of the GANGS that Evanston does not acknowledge their existence and so gang members go along with the "family" and "youth" and "group" designations. But we are not stupid. If it has four legs and it goes miaow, it is a cat. GANGS are groups of people who fight for turf, for their neighborhoods, for control of the space, for control of the space to buy and sell drugs, for control of space to buy and sell guns, for control of the space to distribute drugs to people and get them hooked, for control of the space to pimp women out to customers and for all the other things that a group (family, etc.) of thugs do. That is why the MAFIA called itself the "Family." But it was just a big GANG, an association of various gangs or "families." But now the GANGS in Chicago and Evanston are not Italian or Irish or Jewish. They are black and latino.
Festus McMoron December 17, 2013 at 09:40 PM
....how about Kim Jong-un being elected 5th ward alderman. he might clean it up.
Shep Ellis January 09, 2014 at 03:19 PM
I have a limited knowledge! 20+ years of gang crime, illegal drugs, weapons, prisons and law enforcement agencys. But here are the facts, some documented, some personally experienced. O yeah I am a Conservative! Arizona has had an open carry law since Wyatt and Doc Holiday. They have had a concealed carry law for years. I think no civilan should carry a weapon without extensive academy training. 16 hours and your packing! You need real life scenarios. I have heard the same old story, ("I have no problem taking a life") Well I can tell you, wrong, wrong, wrong! So crime has not increased nor declined in Arizona because of the concealed carry. Crime has increased do to gang activity, illegals and society. Gangsters shoot first and don't ask questions. I haven't carried a weapon for 10 years. I do have one in the car and still n the home. If you can't carry on the "L" or Metra or in bars or restaurants, some stores, zoo or museum. You got to keep it in your car. Why have a concealed permit? Unless you alk around the south or west side of Evanston or Chicago at 2am!!

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »