‘I miss him everyday, I do’: Son of 88-year-old veteran killed wants answers

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A Wichita family is wanting answers after the death of their grandfather. Floyd Gilbert, 88, was found injured inside his home last November, pronounced dead at the scene.

KSN sat down with Floyd’s son to share their love for him and their hopes with the case.

Abner Gilbert says his father served the country, loved music, and most importantly, loved his family. He says Nov. 27 was the last time he heard from his father, who he and other family miss dearly.

Memories flood Abner Gilbert’s mind when looking at family photos.

“My dad, me, and my son,” said Abner Gilbert, Wichita.

Some pictures bringing him back to good times with his father.

“This is the little league baseball team he coached, this is me,” said Abner.

Abner says he holds these close to heart.

“It’s the last ones I have,” said Abner.

They are some of the last memories he has of his father, Floyd Gilbert, who he describes as an eccentric, kind man.

“He got along with about everybody, I mean he really was he was a good, decent person,” said Abner.

Last November, Floyd became the 43rd homicide in Wichita, an act, Abner says, he will never understand.

“Opened the door, there he was laying on the floor, and I called 911,” said Abner.

Austin Stewart and Landon Onek are charged in connection to his death. Abner says he knew Landon prior to the incident.

“How I come to know him is through my son because at that time, my son was also incarcerated at the county jail,” said Abner.

Abner believes Floyd was targeted by the suspects for his possessions and says family connections may have led the suspects to him. It’s a revelation he says is devastating to him and his son.

Abner says he has a lot of questions about what happened to his father, some he says, may never be answered.

But one thing he knows for certain is he wants justice for his father.

“I miss him everyday I do, I miss his phone calls and him coming by, I really do,” said Abner.

Floyd leaves behind children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren who all miss him. KSN will continue to follow the investigation of Floyd’s death.

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