Police search for motives, suspects over Conway man's death

Conway man shot in car after words exchanged

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Neighbors said Robert Givens was a mentor to kids in the neighborhood, helping to motivate and keep them off the street.

"He always use to tell us kids we are the future," said 20-year-old Marcel Embry as he remembers conversations with his neighbor.

"It's just sad and heartbreaking," Embry added.

After leaving Walmart with his daughter, 66-year-old Robert Lee Givens was driving down Donaghey Street.

Two people behind him in a tan SUV began flashing their lights. According to police Givens pulled over, exited his vehicle and approached the SUV. He exchanged words with the driver.

His daughter tells police that she heard a male's voice telling her father he'd mistaken him for someone else. After returning to his car and pulling off.

The SUV continued to follow Givens after the altercation.

Conway Police spokeswomen LaTresha Woodruff said, "They encountered this person at Hairston and followed them to the Donaghey area."

The individuals in the SUV pulled up beside Givens and opened fired, causing him and his daughter to go crashing into a neighbor's yard. Embry said Givens would help him fix his car.

“He never charged me to fix my car, and now I have to find a mechanic. He said don't tell nobody he did that for me but he will do it anytime I needed help," Embry said.

Police said they have no motive as to why this happened, but they're hoping that neighbor will assist with information about that night.

Woodruff said, “Obviously this is a very traumatic situation for the family, for that young lady who was in the vehicle with her father when this happened and we want to bring justice for this family."

Investigators ask anyone who may have been in the area and might have seen something to contact Conway Police Department Detectives Division at 501-450-6130 or you can text an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274-637) us the keyword Conway plus your tip.


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