Singer Sam Kim’s Father Killed in Armed Robbery

January 26, 2023 | 1685 Visits

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On January 13, 2023, an armed robbery at Rainier Teriyaki, located on the corner of Rainer Avenue South and Walden Street in Seattle, Washington, ended in tragedy as the three suspects in the robbery shot a man inside the restaurant. The man, who had a gunshot wound to the chest, was transported to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.

On January 25, Korean media outlets identified the deceased as Hansoo Kim, the father of Korean singer Sam Kim.

Rainier Teriyaki was Hansoo Kim’s family restaurant according to the Seattle Times. The Seattle Times elaborates that Kim was the restaurant’s co-owner.

According to the family’s GoFundMe, Kim “loved being outside in nature and would spend his few days off during the year hiking with his wife and friends. More than anything, he loved his family deeply and would go to great lengths to set them up for success and cheer them on. 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.”

Kim’s funeral was held January 24, which had over 200 people in attendance. Sam Kim performed “Don’t Worry,” a song he originally wrote for his mom, during the service.

Hansoo Kim is survived by his wife and three children: Sam, Sujin, and Juyoung.

Rainier Teriyaki is currently closed. The Kim family’s GoFundMe is asking for donations to “go towards any funeral or memorial costs, college tuition for the kids, and helping the family stay afloat financially as the restaurant was their primary source of income.”

In a tweet, Metropolitan King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay said, “Let’s wrap his family in love & resources and let’s double down on the work to end gun violence especially in the South End.”



No arrests have been made in Hansoo Kim’s murder. Seattle police are asking for the public’s help in catching those responsible. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the violent crimes tip line at 206-233-5000.


—-Olivia Muray


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