They say we're all connected by six degrees of separation, but along Lyndale Avenue, it feels much closer than that.
Patrick Buxbaum was killed last month when his motorcycle struck a limo bus at 27th and Emerson Avenue South -- a key witness that a Hennepin County grand jury won't ever be able to hear from regarding the fatal shooting of Terrance Franklin.
"People call it tragedy and other people call it karma. That's how I see it," Buxbaum's neighbor said.
That's just a few blocks from where Ivan Romero was killed when his motorcycle struck a police squad car on May 10 at 26th and Blaisdale Avenue South.
A squad was on its way to the home where Terrance Franklin allegedly shot two cops, before being shot and killed that day on 27th and Bryant Avenue South.
Here's where it comes full circle: The only reason police were after Terrance Franklin to begin with is because he was suspected of robbing Patrick Buxbaum's apartment.
According to the police report, unknown suspects entered his locked residence and took loss and left.
The apartment complex gave surveillance video to police, but Buxbaum's neighbor says he frequently had loud parties, at all hours.
He don't believe Terrance Franklin robbed the place
"Under the suspicion of bad intent, no, I think it may've been a debt being paid or some type of collection," he said.
Ten days after the apartment is robbed, police get a 911 call saying the suspect is back, they give a description of the car. Minneapolis police arrive, and Terrance Franklin takes off, beginning the whole tragic sequence of events.
"If it is correct that the information they had was such that this man did not have information to identify who the suspect was, this never should have happened," said Michael Padden, the attorney representing Terrance Franklin's family. He says Buxbaum is a missing piece to the puzzle – and he would have liked to speak with him.
"Oh, god yes, because he could confirm for us, if that report is correct, that I don't have a clue who these guys were," Padden said.
There's one more degree of separation: Omari Omari, a well-known Dinkytown DJ was also killed in a motorcycle accident in southern Minnesota, the night before he was to perform at a benefit for Ivan Romero's family.
Four lives, inextricably tied together by fate, and a burglary, that maybe wasn't.
A spokesperson for the Minneapolis Police Department told FOX 9 News they don't believe Buxbaum's death impacts the investigation in any way. They believe they have all the statements they need, but a final and mysterious footnote: Buxbaum wasn't the person who called 911 to say Franklin had come back, it was actually someone else calling from that same address. Police will not say who. At least, not yet.
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