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Continued: Man charged in north Minneapolis slaying had been acting erratically

On Monday, at Parker’s listed address, a house not far from where the shooting occurred, a woman who identified herself as his mother declined to comment.

At Sonnenberg’s home, his two grown daughters continued to clean it out. They said their mother will never return to it.

Rachel Baufield and Raina Baldwin said it doesn’t matter whether Parker was high, drunk, mentally ill or even being pursued when he allegedly killed their father.

“If he was, I don’t care,” Baldwin said. “It should not affect judgment on him. Even if he was crazy, if you’re that crazy, you are responsible for getting help before you do anything, even assault.”

Baufield said her mother saw Parker being chased when he arrived at their house. “My dad wouldn’t have let him in the house otherwise,” she said.

The sisters said their father probably lost control of the gun in his holster when he turned his back to call 911 for Parker.

“If my dad thought something was fishy, he wouldn’t have turned his back at all,” Baldwin said. “Living in this neighborhood, he is very vigilant all the time.”

Baufield said she’s concerned, given that her father was killed by his own gun, that his death could be politicized.

“We would be very angry if this got used for the gun control lobby,” she said. “If my dad didn’t let down his guard, this would not have happened. He totally thought he was doing him a favor.”

Baufield said their mother is “holding on.”

“She’s putting up a brave front,” Baldwin said. “She’s not letting it sink in yet because she knows that when she does it’s … it’s a bomb that’s ticking.”

 

mckinney@startribune.com • 612-673-7329 asimons@startribune.com • 612-673-4921

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