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Reward grows to $10K for suspect in Kelly Phillips killing

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Family and friends of Kelly Phillips, the Boston Scientific executive who was shot and killed at a gas station in Arden Hills last week, have set up a reward fund they hope will lead to the arrest of the suspect in the case, FOX 9 reports.

The suspect, Lyle "Ty" Hoffman, is still at large. Ramsey County prosecutors filed second-degree murder charges against Hoffman last week.

Authorities say Phillips, 48, was fatally shot the morning of Aug. 11, moments after stepping out of a vehicle at a Holiday gas station on West Highway 96, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office said.

The killer, believed to be Hoffman, shot Phillips multiple times, then fled the scene in a dark-colored BMW. Police have been searching for him since then.

The reward fund, which was launched Tuesday by the Council on Crime and Justice, has already gotten contributions totaling $10,000, the Star Tribune reports. People can donate to the reward fund online here.

The organizers issued a statement saying they hope the larger fund will encourage people to come forward with information about Hoffman's whereabouts, FOX 9 reports.

"For the last week we have given our thoughts and hearts to the memory of our friend Kelly, and to trying to bring some kind of peace and comfort to his family, his fiance, and to ourselves. While those efforts continue, there is a critical element to this tragedy that must be resolved before anyone can truly start to heal. We must find Ty Hoffman."

The new fund is in addition to a $1,000 reward put forward by CrimeStoppers.

Phillips and Hoffman had been in a relationship for several years, and were co-owners of the Lush Food Bar in northeast Minneapolis. Phillips was due to be married to his partner in August.

If you have information about Hoffman’s whereabouts, you're asked to contact the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office at 651-266-7320.

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