EXCLUSIVE: Ty Hoffman's sister speaks out - KMSP-TV

EXCLUSIVE: Ty Hoffman's sister speaks out

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ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (KMSP) -

It's been nearly a week since a well-known Twin Cities businessman was gunned down at an Arden Hills gas station, and the suspect's sister is speaking out about it in her first television interview -- a Fox 9 exclusive.

Ty Hoffman remains at large. Prosecutors have charged him with second-degree murder in the death of Kelly Phillips, co-founder of Lush Food Bar. Now, his sister is hoping to send a message out over the airwaves on behalf of her family in the hopes that her brother will see it because according to Dawn Gominsky, none of her loved ones have heard from him yet.

"We're a very close family, and have been talking daily," Gominsky explained. "There's been no contact with him at all, and no one in the family has helped him. We're completely blindsided by this."

Gominsky spoke with Fox 9 News just a couple of days after investigators revealed that they believe someone has been in touch with Hoffman; however, she said her family has no idea where Hoffman may be, or if he's even alive. If he is, she wants him to hear this message:

"Ty, we love you. We're here to stand behind you. We just want you to turn yourself in, come forward," she pleaded. "Turn yourself in. I can't imagine what Kelly's parents are going through -- family, friends. Please come forward. We're here to support you through it. We love you. We're family."

During her interview with Fox 9 News, Gominsky said she has struggled to accept the reality that her brother may have killed the man she also considered a brother -- Phillips. She remembers spending holidays with him during the 15 years that Hoffman and Phillips were dating; however, she doesn't believe their break-up, which took place several years ago, led to the violence her brother is accused of.

"It's definitely not a relationship issue," she said. "That's been over for years."

Gominsky guessed that losing control of the bar and a recent eviction may have led up to the killing; however, she says there were "no warning signs whatsoever." Yet, no matter what the motive may have been or whether her brother was, in fact, responsible -- Gominsky says one fact is not in dispute.

"We're devastated," she affirmed. "We're crushed. Completely shocked by it all."

As for the gun that was used in the shooting, Gominsky said she has no idea where it would have come from. She did say that police have checked some family members' homes in the search for Hoffman, but that she knew little else about the status of the ongoing investigation.

Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to arrest of Ty Hoffman. Anyone with information is urged to call 911 or 651-266-7320.


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