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Store Owner ‘Mama San’ Fatally Stabbed During Robbery in Washington

In Choe

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    Family, friends and customers are mourning the death of beloved store owner In Choe, who was killed in a deadly robbery in her store in Lakewood, Washington on Monday night.


    The 59-year-old grandmother, affectionately known in her community as “Mama San,” was described by her son, Elijah Choe, as a kind woman who loves everybody.

    “Everybody that comes through our business here calls her ‘mama.’ That should tell you a lot,” he told Q13 Fox. “They call her mama because she’s just an open, big-hearted woman. She loves everybody. She’s always been the type of person that would sacrifice everything for the ones she loved.”


    At around 10:04 p.m. on Monday, Lakewood Police responded to a call of a person not breathing at McChord Mart in 5105 Solberg Drive Southwest.

    Upon arrival, authorities found Choe bleeding with multiple stab wounds and was immediately taken to the hospital, but succumbed to her injuries.

    In the store’s surveillance footage, it shows the grandmother being stabbed multiple times by a man who appears to be Black in his mid-20s or 30s wearing a black sweatshirt, blue jeans, white shoes and a dark hat under the hooded sweatshirt. There was also a “Disobey” brand logo on the back of his sweatshirt.

    Those who may have information are being urged to contact 911.

    Featured Image Screenshot via YouTube / Q13 Fox

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