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Continued: Doctor's killer 'hostile' over mother's medical treatment

Kamin said she has also received dozens of calls and notes from other physicians who knew Larson during his long career in the area.

“He really was a pillar in the community,” she said.

‘Doesn’t make any sense’

For some who knew Hoffstrom, his death and suspected involvement in Larson’s death came as a complete shock.

Hoffstrom graduated from the University of St. Thomas law school in 2009 and was sworn in to the bar last month. An online résumé listed brief stints as an intern for state Sen. Chuck Wiger in 2006 and for two Hennepin County District Court judges in 2008. He also spent his summers for 12 years working at Gross Golf Club in Minneapolis.

He had a virtually spotless record, and a friendly demeanor, friends say.

“He was one of the best guys I’ve ever known,” said Nick Houwman, a high school friend who had seen Hoffstrom three weeks ago after he was sworn in to the bar on Oct. 25. “This doesn’t make any sense.”

Another friend, Chris Miller, stayed in touch with Hoffstrom after they studied journalism at the University of Minnesota.

“That’s not the Ted Hoffstrom I know,” he said of the shooting. “It’s shocking.”

At Hoffstrom’s home, family members posted a statement on the front door Sunday night expressing sympathy for the Larson family, and adding that “many questions remain unanswered.”

“Our hearts are broken for all of those affected by this tragic event,” the note said. “We are shocked and saddened by this news.”

Work-related violence is not unknown to the nation’s doctors. An average of five physicians and 20 health care providers die each year in the United States as a result of assaults or other workplace violence, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports dating back to 2003.

That tally, however, does not include killings outside the workplace and would not have counted Larson’s death.

Staff writer Jeremy Olson contributed to this report. • 612-673-4141 • 612-673-7388

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