Matt Choi, co-founder of popular local kimchi brand Choi's Kimchi Company, was stabbed to death in his Southeast Portland apartment early Sunday morning, according to the Portland Police Bureau. He was 33 years old.
Police say the stabbing occurred around 1:56 am on Oct. 25 in the apartment building in the 300 block of Southeast 12th Avenue where Choi lived.
A statement on a GoFundMe page benefiting the family says Choi was killed "when a stranger broke into his apartment while he was asleep and took his life," but no additional details on the incident have been released.
Choi and his mother, Chong Choi, began selling homemade kimchi at the Portland State University Farmers Market in 2011, before probiotic foods were prevalent in the United States.