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|Affiliation||Cuban Secret Police|
|First appearance||Gator Bait (Mentioned)|
|Last appearance||Legacy (Case File)|
Hector Mendoza is a member of the Cuban Secret Police during Fidel Castro's regime, and the father of Nicholas Mendoza.
Essentially a paid assassin, Hector Mendoza tortured people targeted by the Secret Police for information and typically ended their lives once he obtained it. As stated by Nick, he almost always brought his work home with him and took it out on both his wife and son, eventually leading his wife to take Nick out of the country and smuggle them into the United States where they lived in Miami. Hector's actions, however, did lead Nick to eventually join law enforcement as he had wanted to become a 'real cop' unlike his father.
Nick never found out what had happened to his father but doubted that he was still alive and made it a point that he did not care as he wanted nothing to do with the man. Curious about Nick's upbringing, Captain Julian Dawes found a file of Hector Mendoza, revealing that he had in fact been executed as an enemy of the people by the Cuban government on February 4, 1992 following an attempt to flee Cuba to Brazil by plane on January 27, 1992. Nick was later shocked to discover the file while he was assaulting Dawes penthouse, concluding that Dawes obtained the file and information of his father's fate in order to get to him. Despite this, Nick stated that the tactic would not work and that he was actually glad to know that his father was dead.
Confirmed Sanctioned KillsEdit
Hector Mendoza's file lists a toal of eight confirmed sanction kills during his time with the Cuban Secret Police.
- Alvaro Rafael - September 18, 1977
- Luis Medina - September 21, 1977
- Marquise Amaz -April 9, 1980
- Reinaldo Fuentes - July 6, 1981
- Leodanis Fuentes - July 6, 1981
- Ella Fuentes - July 6, 1981
- Mario Korda - August 14, 1983
- Jose Moreno - June 2, 1986