Family of murdered Orono Dr. Stephen Larson releases statement - KMSP-TV

Family 'still trying to comprehend' Orono doctor's murder

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ORONO, Minn. (KMSP) -

The family of Dr. Stephen Larson has returned to Minnesota to make funeral arrangements and address concerns with the shooting death of the well-liked OB/GYN at his Orono home last Friday, Nov. 15.

"While many questions remain unanswered, the family is moving forward with completing the difficult tasks associated with saying goodbye to a loved one," a family spokesperson said in a statement.

FAMILY STATEMENT

Stephen was a gifted physician and surgeon, loving father, grandfather, and husband. We are still trying to comprehend this sudden and tragic loss. We will always grieve the way Stephen's life ended.

The family celebrates the lives Stephen brought into this world as we mark the unexpected passing of his. The family will hold a small, private ceremony. Memorials may be directed to the Mayo Clinic Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for Education in memory of Stephen L. Larson, M.D.

THE SHOOTING

Police believe after a brief argument, 30-year-old Ted Hoffstrom shot and killed the 74-year-old Dr. Larson. Just 14 minutes later, at 9:09 p.m., after a confrontation with police, officers shot and killed Hoffstrom.

"We know who committed this murder but many unanswered questions remain," Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said. "Through our investigation we have learned that Dr. Larson had provided professional care to the mother of the suspect at one point in time. The suspect had recently expressed hostility to his family members regarding Dr. Larson."

THE MOTIVE?

Dr. Larson treated Hoffstrom's mother in 1983 and diagnosed her as pregnant with her son, Ted.

Friends said Hoffstrom blamed Dr. Larson for his birth defect -- he was born with his hands and feet attached to his body, which needed to be surgically detached.

He occasionally walked with a limp, and had ongoing medical issues.

Read more: Shooting suspect blamed Orono OB/GYN for birth defect

 

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