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Continued: Accused killer's sister: Bar owner pushed her brother to the brink

  • Article by: JAMES WALSH and PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Last update: August 14, 2014 - 10:50 AM

Gominsky said Wednesday that that was not true.

“Never,” she said. “His ex-wife is making my brother out to be a monster. And he wasn’t.”

What he was, she said, was a good man from a blended family with 10 children and not much money. Over the years, “Tiger,” as she called him, became skilled with his hands and started a successful business — Global Grounds Cafe — in Spring Lake Park.

And for nearly 15 years, she said, Hoffman and Phillips were happy.

On Wednesday, Gominsky offered condolences to Phillips’ family.

“My heart and soul is with them,” she said. “Kelly is like a brother to me.”

Since the eviction, Hoffman has been “staying from place to place,” at times going to a sister’s cabin in Canada, about a 12-hour drive from the Twin Cities.

Gominsky said her sister is there now but doesn’t believe Hoffman is there.

For now, she waits for word on his whereabouts — expecting the worst.

Her brother, Dan, shot and killed himself in February 2012. Her son, Austin, hanged himself in February 2013. She said she hopes Ty isn’t next.

Gominsky said she drove past the area near the Anoka County-Blaine Airport where authorities were searching for Hoffman Tuesday, and called out his name. She received no reply.

“If he is out there, I am pleading with him to come forward,” she said. “I just want to let him know that we love him and support him — through anything.”

jim.walsh@startribune.com • 651-925-5041

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