MINNEAPOLIS - The family and friends of murdered businessman and community leader Kelly Phillips want his alleged killer caught. So much, they are funneling their own money into a reward fund.
Authorities have been searching for Phillips' ex-boyfriend and business partner, 44-year old Lyle "Ty" Hoffman, since Phillips was gunned down in the parking lot of a Arden Hills gas station the morning of August 11. Investigators say the two were in a BMW sedan when both stepped out, and Hoffman repeatedly shot Phillips, including once in the head.
The loved ones of the victim are anxious to see Hoffman in custody, and have raised enough money to help Crimestoppers increase the reward for the arrest and conviction of the suspect to $25 thousand.
Phillips was a respected attorney and executive with Boston Scientific, owned a popular Minneapolis night spot, and was also active in the GLBT community. He lobbied hard in the effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota.