A benefit fund has been established by the family of Thomas Sonnenberg, who was shot and killed while trying to help a 20-year-old man who came to his door pleading for help last Friday, Jan. 31.
Thomas Sonnenberg Benefit Bremer Bank (any branch) Account No. 781266658
Funeral services for Thomas Sonnenberg will be held Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. at Washburn-McReavy in Coon Rapids, Minn.
"Real kind person, very gentle," relative Leland Baldwin said. "He'd give you the shirt off his back if he could and he'd do anything for you."
Devon Parker, 20, is charged with second-degree murder in Sonnenberg's death. He is being held at Hennepin County Jail, with bail set at $2 million
According to the charges, Minneapolis police were called to Sonnenberg's home on Aldrich Ave. N. after he called 911 to report a man had come to his door seeking refuge from people chasing him with a bat.
Sonnenberg allowed Parker into his home and locked the door behind him. Both were in the kitchen when Sonnenberg called 911 at about 11:46 a.m.
Investigators said Parker tried to confuse the dispatcher by grabbing the phone and giving police the wrong address before grabbing the gun Sonnenberg wore on his hip. Roughly 5 minutes later, a Minneapolis officer responding to the initial call knocked on the door but did not get an answer. After looking through a window, that officer saw Sonnenberg's body slumped over a chair in the kitchen.