Downtown homicide victim’s roommate: Victim was likely trying to help the man who killed him

Downtown homicide victim’s roommate: Victim was likely trying to help the man who killed him
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A month after Andrew Nesbitt, 46, was stabbed to death in his downtown Madison apartment , his roommate is speaking publicly.

Rachel Bauer tells News 3 that she thinks Nesbitt was just trying to help the person that police believe murdered him. She said Nesbitt was a lover of people who never gave up on anyone and used his big heart to help the LGBTQ community and the homeless.

“If somebody approached him and asked him for a buck to get something to eat, he would’ve given you anything he had to give,” Bauer said.

That fact makes what happened on Mar. 27, Nesbitt’s birthday, all the more tragic. Police said Darrick Anderson, a homeless man, followed Nesbitt to his apartment and stabbed him to death. Anderson is facing charges of first-degree intentional homicide.

Bauer takes comfort in believing that Nesbitt was trying to help Anderson.

“We’re probably never going to know the circumstances, but in my mind, the story plays out that way,” Bauer said. “That he was trying to help.”

Bauer tries not to dwell on Nesbitt’s death and instead is looking to the future. Bauer, Nesbitt’s longtime partner Kevan Boeder and other family members are setting up a trust in Nesbitt’s name. The money raised will go to support the LGBTQ and homeless.

“He left us with what he wants us to do with that, so I guess we move forward and do exactly that,” Bauer said.

If you want to contribute to Nesbitt’s legacy, you can make a donation on his GoFundMe page .

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