The founder of a popular Kimchi company in Portland has been found fatally stabbed in his apartment.
Matt Choi had just celebrated his 33rd birthday when he was attacked by an intruder on October 25.
He was treated by paramedics at the scene but later succumbed to his injuries.
Matt Choi had just celebrated his 33rd birthday when he was attacked by an intruder on October 25
Police are still looking for the suspect and any video footage that can help in their investigation.
Choi co-founded the local kimchi brand, Choi’s Kimchi, with his mother Chong Suk Choi in 2011.
They started out by selling the jars of Kimchi at the Portland Farmers Market. Within a few years, the kimchi brand became popular in kitchens across the city.
Portland Farmers Market posted a memorial to its Instagram account, remembering Matt’s ‘cheerful spirit, broad knowledge of food production and generous heart.’
‘Matt was a wonderful leader and mentor in the food artisan community,’ the statement read.
‘He built close ties with other vendors, offered support and spread his friendliness with all.’
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to assist the Choi family with funeral and other expenses.
The page reads: ‘It is with a heavy heart to inform you that our dear brother, Matt Choi has passed away over the weekend.
‘Matt’s life was senselessly taken away early Sunday morning when a stranger broke into his apartment while he was asleep and took his life.’