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Korean Am. singer-songwriter’s father shot and killed during robbery

The father of Korean American singer-songwriter Sam Kim was fatally shot and killed during a robbery in Seattle, Washington on January 14. 

A funeral was held Tuesday for Hansoo Kim, who co-owned the teriyaki restaurant Rainier Teriyaki where the shooting occurred, The Seattle Times reported. 

“We will deeply appreciate the condolences you send for Sam Kim,” Kim’s agency Antenna Music said in a press release. “May he rest in peace.”

Sam Kim is an R&B artist who signed with South Korean music label Antenna Music after placing second in Korean audition program “Kpop Star 3.”

According to Korean JoongAng Daily, the singer sang his song “Mama Don’t Worry” during the funeral. The song was originally written for his mother, but Kim changed the lyrics in remembrance of his late father. 

Hansoo Kim is survived by his wife and three children. Close family friends organized a GoFundMe which has raised over $80,000 for funeral costs, college tuition and the family’s financial stability. 

“He is remembered as a devoted husband, father, uncle, friend, church member, and local restaurant owner who was always willing to lend a hand and support those around him in whatever way he could,” family friend Rachel Kim said. 

Seattle police have not arrested any suspects involved in the fatal shooting as of Thursday, The Seattle Times reported. Public officials, including Seattle mayor Bruce Harrell, offered condolences to the Kim family.

“Unfortunately this kind of senseless violence rocks our community repeatedly,” Seattle City Councilmember Tammy Morales said to The Seattle Times. “I know other business owners in the area are also grieving and trying to take care of each other.”

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