Family of slain Orono doctor 'still trying to comprehend' loss

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Family members of Stephen Larson are returning to Minnesota this week to make funeral arrangements for the prominent Twin Cities doctor while trying to understand what was behind his murder.

"Stephen was a gifted physician and surgeon, loving father, grandfather, and husband," a family statement read. "We are still trying to comprehend this sudden and tragic loss. We will always grieve the way Stephen's life ended."

Larson, 74, was shot multiple times and killed inside his house in Orono last Friday night. Authorities say 30-year-old Ted Hoffstrom of St. Anthony, a lawyer, was the gunman and is the only suspect in the shooting.

Hoffstrom, who was found armed with a semi-automatic handgun on the front lawn of Larson's home, was shot dead a short time later during a confrontation with police.

Larson's son, Christopher, told the Star Tribune, that the family had never heard of Hoffstrom and said he was shocked to hear of his father's death.

The doctor, who had been delivering babies since the 1960s, was well known in the Twin Cities and was regarded as an expert on pelvic surgery, according to the the newspaper. Larson founded OBGYN Specialists, a medical group with clinics in Edina and Burnsville.

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said Monday that Larson had provided medical treatment to Hoffstrom's mother in the past and Hoffstrom recently expressed hostility toward Larson. Very few details were released.

However, various reports claim Larson was involved with Hoffstrom's delivery 30 years ago, although the doctor was not listed on Hoffstrom's birth certificate.

Friends told FOX 9 that Hoffstrom was born with his hands and feet attached to his body, which needed to by surgically detached. The television station reported Hoffstrom blamed Larson for the birth defect.

Hoffstrom's family has not commented on the incident.

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