Kelly Phillips, GLBT activist and co-founder of Lush, brutally murdered at gas station

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Kelly Phillips photo via Facebook
:::: UPDATE :::: Lush co-founder Ty Hoffman is suspect in murder of former "life partner" Kelly Phillips

The man shot to death outside a Holiday Gas Station in Arden Hills has been identified by WCCO as Kelly Phillips, co-founder of Lush Food Bar in northeast Minneapolis.

According to reports, Phillips was riding in a black BMW that pulled into the gas station around 8:30 a.m. yesterday. Phillips and the driver got out of the vehicle and were arguing when the driver pulled out a gun and shot Phillips at least three times in broad daylight, including once execution-style in the back of the head while Phillips pleaded for his life. The driver then got back in the car and drove over Phillips on his way out of the parking lot.

The black BMW was found last night by authorities in Blaine, according to KSTP.

WCCO, citing someone who works near Phillips's home, reports that Philiips's boyfriend was seen being placed in handcuffs later in the day. Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder confirms that the MPD did assist in that effort, but referred all further questions to Ramsey County authorities, who haven't gotten back to us as this is published.

The Star Tribune reports that no arrests have been made in connection with the murder as of last night, but adds that Ramsey County investigators were interviewing a "person of interest."

Meanwhile, friends and acquaintances are posting messages of grief and remembrance to Phillips's Facebook page.

"You had a passion to make Minnesota better," Jacob Reitan writes. "I remember so many events at your house where you advocated for causes and people you believed in. Minnesota is a stronger state because you lived in it."

That sentiment was echoed by Minneapolis City Council member Jacob Frey, who writes that Phillips was "always the voice of reason in the room."

"You were a good friend, and I know so many of us will deeply miss you," Frey adds.

Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.





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142 comments
Heather Gilsrud
Heather Gilsrud

Domestic abuse also knows no gender boundaries. I'm so sorry.

Kat Coats
Kat Coats

Ex boyfriend, and yea, he probably did it. Jealousy knows no race, orientation or gender

Moises Castro
Moises Castro

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Maria Gallagher
Maria Gallagher

Oh my God. I used to work with Kelly at BSC. What a terribly sad demise for a truly wonderful man. :( :( My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Blake Ferrin
Blake Ferrin

Ty is a monster. I lived it. Awful person.

Cyndy McRae
Cyndy McRae

This makes me so sad. This is just senseless!!! Let's just STOP with all the violence! Love not hate. Or if you can't love...IGNORE it, it's none of your business.

Thomas Carpenter
Thomas Carpenter

Ty Hoffman is his ex boyfriend and Kelly was nice enough to let him work at Lush until Thank you started taking money. Kelly was to be married to his current partner in a few weeks. This whole situation is horrible and plpe need to get your facts straight. Kelly was great to his ex, though they fought a lot. Kelly always lit up the room and was a great person. He will be missed greatly.

Liesl Wiborg
Liesl Wiborg

The headline is not supported in the article. Police do not say he is a suspect nor arrested.

Kay Weiss
Kay Weiss

I worked for many years above the building he owned and where he had a condo. This is just sad.... I myself didn't have much contact with him, but he was pleasant and kind to me on those few occasions when we interacted.

Gramma Margie
Gramma Margie

barbarians. Get with the 21st century and what we have learned

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

Same thing that's always been wrong with them, this is nothing new. In fact violent crime is at all time lows, but sensationalizing it (not that this particular incident is being sensationalized) is at an all time high.

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