OAKLAND (KPIX) – A 43-year-old Auburn confiscation agent was killed Monday in Oakland while he was working on an assignment. Family and friends called Tim Nielsen, father of four, as their rock and their hero.
“This is a man who I can say he gave everyone unconditional love and all he ever wanted to do was help people. That was his dream, the purpose of his life, ”said Jennifer Huff-Wensmann, the victim’s girlfriend.
Huff-Wensmann said she and her children are struggling to come to terms with the loss.
“We go through phases of grief back and forth, from acceptance to rejection to shock to mere haggling – ‘Please God, bring him back,'” said Huff-Wensmann.
The Auburn man worked for Any Capital Recovery Inc., based in the Sacramento area. His boss and good friend Lerron Payne said Nielsen came to Oakland on Monday morning for an assignment.
“He didn’t even tag a car – and everyone in the industry will know what I mean when I say they didn’t even tag a car. Everything went south. It’s a rough industry, don’t get me wrong, but that’s pretty much the extreme, ”Payne said.
Payne said someone shot Nielsen near the intersection of International Boulevard and 20th Avenue while he was writing a report in his truck. Nielsen was able to drive away but crashed his tow truck two blocks away on the corner of East 12th Street and 19th Avenue.
“Whatever he was, whatever he is and whatever he could be, (the killer) took it all away. The same goes for his children, (the murderer) took their hero with him. The family no longer has a hero because he’s dead now for no reason, ”Payne said.
Payne described Nielsen as polite, generous, and hardworking. They were friends even before Nielsen worked for him. Payne said Nielsen had only worked in the repossession industry for about a year.
Nielsen and Huff-Wennsman looked after four children and he treated them all like his own and although Huff-Wensman said she always considered him her husband, friends said he would make this official.
“A date was not set, but he was only given the ring size to propose to her,” said Nielsen’s close friend Raul Running Bear Salazar.
Huff-Wensmann found the engagement ring and now has to bury the love of her life after losing her two parents last year. She asks anyone who has information to get in touch.
“There is nothing that justifies what happened to him, so please help us, help us understand,” sobbed Huff-Wensmann.
Oakland police said no one was arrested in the case. They are looking at everything from a random attack to the possibility that it was a repo order.
Oakland police said the city had recorded 59 homicides so far this year.
Payne and Salazar said the funeral will be held in Auburn next Friday and have set up a GoFundMe page to help out with family and children.