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Neurosurgeon Found Shot Dead And Wrapped In Sheet In His Ritzy Home

The body of Dr. Devon Hoover was discovered in an attic crawl space at his Detroit home on Sunday night after police were called to do a welfare check.

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A prominent Detroit doctor was found dead and wrapped in a sheet in his spacious home over the weekend, with a gunshot to his head. 

The body of the neurosurgeon, Dr. Devon Hoover, was discovered in an attic crawl space at his Boston-Edison-area home on Sunday night, according to Fox 2 Detroit.

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The Detroit Police Department told Oxygen.com that officers received a request for a "well-being check" on Sunday evening for a house located on W. Boston Blvd. "Officers made entry and observed a 53-year-old male victim had been fatally shot," Detroit Police said in a statement. "The Detroit Police Department Homicide Unit is investigating and is currently working leads the department has."

No arrests have been made yet, and a suspect has not been named, but police suspect the case is a domestic incident that took a deadly turn, CBS News Detroit reported. "It's very sad," a neighbor of the victim in the quiet neighborhood told the station. "Very surprising, this doesn't happen out here."

A photo of Devon Hoover

Few details have been released in the case, but Fox 2 Detroit reported that Hoover’s car was located on the city’s west side. The station also reported that Hoover was supposed to be visiting relatives in Indiana over the weekend, but when he never arrived, family contacted police.

Other neighbors painted Hoover as a beloved person in the area who routinely hosted events at the home he was found in. 

"That man was an angel," one local told Fox 2. "He was beautiful. Everybody was shocked. My phone has been blowing up all night, I was like, no, no, no."

Hoover's employer, Ascension Michigan, put out a statement about the neurosurgeon. "Devon Hoover, MD, was a dedicated and well-respected member of the Ascension Michigan family and will be greatly missed by our community," the company said. "Our sincerest condolences and heartfelt prayers are with his family, friends and fellow associates during this incredibly difficult time."

Another neighbor, Paddy Lynch, wrote on Facebook, "Devon Hoover was an exceptional person in nearly every way. A loving son and brother, a brilliant, accomplished surgeon, an unrivaled collector and caretaker of all things beautiful, and a champion of art and culture.

"But perhaps most admirably, he was beyond generous with his time and his treasure. He was one of the first neighbors to take me under their wing, offering old house advice, support, and kindness all along the way. Hospitality was certainly his specialty as he never hesitated to open his spectacular home to countless neighbors, friends, and charitable organizations."

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