Family Of Man Shot Dead Speaks Out

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

There are still plenty of questions after a man was shot to death outside a Lexington home. Now his family is speaking out. Andreas' Lobsiger's loved ones say the homeowner who pulled the trigger has the story all wrong.

The homeowner says he was just trying to protect himself from a man trying to break in. But the family of the 36 year old shooting victim says there's no way that's possible.

They tell 27NEWSFIRST he was only trying to find a friend's house and knocked on the wrong door by mistake.

"Loving, giving, joyful and he always had that silly grin on his face."

For family and friends of Lobsiger, his tragic death has been anything but easy.

"It doesn't make any sense," said Tanya Lobsiger, Andreas former wife and mother of his two little girls.

She says she's is talking to 27 NEWSFIRST for two reasons.
"We just don't want people thinking he was a home invader or a thief or anything like that," said Tanya Lobsiger.

She also wants people to know who the 36 year old really was. "He was always doing things for other people, unfortunately most of the time he was taking care of everyone else," she says.

While the shooter, Tadarvis Gardener, 22, has not been charged with Lobsiger's death. Lobsiger's family is questioning Gardener's motive.

"For me I know he wouldn't be trying to rob anyone and for two he would never hurt anyone," said Shawn Flynn, Lobsiger's friend.

Gardener told police, Lobsiger was trying to break into his home. A 2006 law states a person has the ability to use deadly force against another who is a burglar or attempting to commit burglary. But Lobsiger's family says all he's really guilty of is knocking on the wrong door.

"It's just a shame that a simple mistake like that can cost someone their life," said Flynn. "And there's two little girls who will have to grow up without their father.

Now family and friends are campaigning for a change to the 2006 law.

"I'm hoping that maybe out of this tragedy, maybe the next person will think before they shoot," said Tanya Lobsiger.

Lexington Police say their investigation continues.

Visitation for Andreas Lobsiger is Thursday night from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at Kerr Brothers' funeral home in Lexington.
The funeral will follow Friday afternoon at 2:30pm at the funeral home.


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  • by Tanya Location: Versailles on May 1, 2011 at 09:22 PM
    Wow, it's been 3 years and I see other people still commenting in this. I still can't and probably won't ever get over this. People are lost everday for a variety of reasons and under a variety of different circumstances but what happened to Andreas was truly wrong. It was a misunderstanding that could have and should have been handled very differently. How do I ever explain to his two beautiful daughters that their Dad who was such a good persons death will never be justified. As adults we struggled constantly to understand the wrongs in life but how do you convince such innocent souls to ever believe in our justice system. Talk about some hard lessons learned! Andreas will always shine bright in the memories of those who knew him and it is my lifes mission to keep that alive in those who didn't really get the chance (his two beautiful daughters). There's a punk out there who thinks he's special because there were no consequences or reprecussions to his paranoid badass behavior and I pray and know he will never have peace and shouldn't because of what we took away from those who loved Andreas. RIP toast, you will always be my BFF. XOXO
  • by Heather on May 30, 2008 at 06:06 AM
    Andreas was the best guy ever I want to get that out. When you hear he was out drinking and passed out then you think, oh that's just a drunk. Well he could have left and killed someone in an accident. No he decided to stay in his truck and not risk anyone's life. You can't just shoot someone through a door because now in this case alot of people are hurting all because this guy is such a punk he couldn't take any other action. I hope anyone out there who will listen to this story or read it will think if their in this position cuse you might be taking an angel out of this world and crashing alot of people's life's espically 2 little girls.
  • by Virgil Location: Richmond/Irvine on May 9, 2008 at 06:10 AM
    Hey(Ain't buying the murders story) I don't care if he shot through 2 or 3 doors all pad locked with Master brand locks. IF he was kicking on the door possibly causing damage alarming the Homeowner of an iminent break-in then he has every right under the law to shoot to kill and if you want to change the law then go ahead cause soon it might just be you that needs to grab that gun to protect yourself.
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      by sandra on Apr 29, 2011 at 09:17 AM in reply to Virgil
      if you are in that situation and the door is closed you call the police first and if you carried a gun you should take lessons for shooting so that person will be only hurt in an arm or leg...you don't need to kill
  • by Ain't buying the murders story on May 4, 2008 at 02:19 PM
    He shot through a closed door you idiots.
  • by Virgil Location: Richmond/Irvine on May 3, 2008 at 10:46 PM
    Anyone who choses to get out in the public eye and become intoxicated to the point of disorientation has to accept 100 percent of any negative or adverse situations that they find themselves in. Next there isn't one person on the face of this earth that isn't capable of breaking in or assulting or murdering anyone. When someone like this individual is killed the family and friends automatically cry foul because they just simply couldn't becapable of threatening anyone. The Deceased was drunk and no one was around to despute the actions in which the shooter described. Think for a second if the deceased was just simply knocking on the door what sence would it have made for the homeowner to be alarmed to the point of grabbing a gun. You sympathizers simply don't use good common sence when commenting. All you see is someone got shot and you don't know why. Let someone break in on you one good time and let them beat on you some. You start kicking on my door that early I will shoot too!
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      by sandra on Apr 29, 2011 at 09:19 AM in reply to Virgil
      or call the police
  • by Ain't buying the shooters story on May 3, 2008 at 06:07 PM
    So now you can shoot through a door? (edited) I hope the shooter is indicted and has to serve time for this. What will be next, shooting door to door sales people? Jahovas witnesses? If an intruder breaks in on you you have the right to defend, but to shoot through a door?
  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington on May 2, 2008 at 06:38 PM
    Two big lessons that should be learned from this incident...first, drinking in excess is NEVER a good thing and will cause you to do things you wouldn't normally do (like going to the wrong house). Second, the castle law from 2006 didn't take into account that a LOT of people who own firearms don't have the common sense to use it correctly. The first rule of firearms training is to be sure of your target before you shoot, so this guy was in the wrong to just start shooting without knowing who he was shooting. I just really hope that people who have followed this will learn a valuable lesson and also urge their legislators to repeal the looseness of that law that allows you to kill people without even knowing who you are killing. If you kill an intruder, fine. But someone in the yard, on the porch, or in a car just because it's "your" property, I don't think so.
  • by Dewey Location: Lexington on May 2, 2008 at 10:07 AM
    To "Rick" and the others who believe they now have the right to shoot to kill another human being through a locked door without knowing for sure the condition of that person,their intentions, or whether or not they are armed, might want to consider why there is ANOTHER law- made by a higher entity. It says "Thou Shalt Not Kill". Also, have you considered why there is a length of time required between the time you attempt to purchase a firearm and actually take possesssion of it? It is known as the "cooling off period", and it exists not only to keep deadly weapons out of the wrong hands, but also to prevent tragedies such as this one from occurring because someone feels threatened somehow and is attempting to react or overreact irrationally using deadly force. Why do you think those in law enforcement are trained extensively on this and put into enacted situations where they must make a decision on whether to use a lethal weapon? This law stinks! Either refine it or toss it out!
  • by me Location: williamsburg on May 2, 2008 at 09:12 AM
    You people are so d judgemental. How many of you have not ever "tied one on". Come on, give me a break. He's a single man. His children were home with his wife. Why can't he go out and drink if he wants too? It's none of your business. I'm sorry for his family and for the guy that pulled the trigger. *shakes head* stop judging unless you get judged yourself. We are NOT God. WE ALL do things that are wrong. God bless your family
  • by Bill on May 2, 2008 at 05:12 AM
    Some people really like the idea of killing thier fellow man.lock up the man that fired the shot.We are building a nation of nuts,and murders.

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