Man shot dead outside Pop’s nightclub has been identified as longtime deputy manager at Hustler Club

SAUGET, Ill. – Dean Ebert’s friends and family are trying to get by after being shot dead outside Pop’s nightclub on Saturday.

Investigators say Ebert has been caught in the crossfire. Ebert was trying to help someone get to his vehicle in the parking lot just before 8 a.m. when a fight broke out between two women. Shots rang out and Ebert was injured.

Ebert was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 41 years old.

Ebert’s family call this a senseless act of violence.

“I loved my brother very much. I know he also had a lot of people who loved him, ”said Joseph Schafer.

Ebert was an assistant general manager of Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club in Washington Park, Illinois, and worked for the club for two decades. His colleagues say he was loved by everyone. He touched so many people.

“The life of everyone he touched is better for it. Everyone who knew him has a hole in their heart and soul to move forward without him being there, ”said Scott Dowdy.

The family set up a GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses.

So far, Pop’s Nightclub has not released a statement on the tragedy.

Major Case Squad detectives eventually identified two suspects: Deondra Canaday, 27, and Tashayule Armstrong, 32, both of St. Louis.

Canaday was arrested and is still being held at the St. Clair County Jail. Armstrong is not in custody.

The St. Clair County State Attorney’s Office has charged Canaday with first degree murder, two counts of aggravated firearm discharge and aggravated illegal use of a weapon.

Armstrong was charged with Murder / Other Forced Crimes, Aggravated Firearm Discharge and Aggravated Illegality of a Weapon.

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