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‘A good man’: Wife says man slain in parking lot had done contract work for CIA

Updated November 27, 2023 - 7:19 pm

The man shot and killed outside a shopping mall Tuesday was not a retired CIA agent, but rather a computer system engineer who had done contract work with the agency, according to his wife.

Robert Hoy, 69, who was fatally shot in the Arroyo Market Square mall parking lot Tuesday afternoon, was mistakenly identified as a retired CIA employee by Bruce Moore, a lifelong friend of Hoy’s, when the Las Vegas Review-Journal spoke with Moore on Wednesday.

Kathleen Hoy, the deceased man’s wife, said the mixup was likely because her late husband liked to talk about the places he had visited.

Robert Hoy traveled to the Middle East while contracting with the CIA and worked with other big companies with household names during his career as a computer system engineer, including FEMA and Boeing.

But he was also a loving husband who cared for their daughter who has autism, his wife said.

“He was a good man,” Kathleen Hoy said.

She said her husband took their daughter to Opportunity Village, an organization that provides services for those with intellectual disabilities, every day.

“Now, I’m a single caregiver,” she said.

Hoy said she hadn’t received any update from the police about the shooting. Police detained a suspect Tuesday but haven’t disclosed the alleged shooter’s name or additional details about what prompted the shooting.

A Metro spokesperson said Tuesday that the shooting was “an isolated incident.” Hoy said she didn’t know what could have motivated someone to shoot her husband.

Hoy said her husband went to Walmart to pick up a prescription on Tuesday and called her at about 1:15 p.m. to ask if she wanted him to pick up food. She never heard from him again.

The Hoys were set to celebrate their 36th wedding anniversary on Dec 6.

Metropolitan Police Department officials could not be reached for comment Friday.

Contact Taylor R. Avery at TAvery@reviewjournal.com.

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