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APD Detectives Determine Deaths of Two People Were Likely Murder-suicide

APD Homicide
February 06, 2024

ALBUQUERQUE – APD detectives determined the deaths of a mother and son on Feb. 1, 2024, were likely a murder-suicide.

Albuquerque Community Safety responders were dispatched on the morning of Feb. 1 to conduct a welfare check at a home in the 10400 block of Constitution Ave., N.E. They observed woman who appeared to be deceased.

APD officers in the Foothills Area Command arrived on scene. They entered the home and located the adult female and an adult male who were both deceased. A cause of death could not be determined on scene for the woman, later identified as Maria Shroyer, 67. The male, identified as Robert Shroyer III, 38, died from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

During autopsy today, the Office of the Medical Investigator located a gunshot wound and determined Maria Shroyer died as a result of a homicide.

Detectives learned that Maria Shroyer was the caregiver for her adult son. The preliminary investigation indicates that Robert Shroyer III fatally shot his mother, Maria Shroyer. At a later time, Robert Shroyer III fatally shot himself.