Local chef killed in light rail attack; Search for suspects continues – KIRO 7 News Seattle


Seattle – Seattle's restaurant community is mourning the loss of one of its own. A chef was stabbed to death at the Capitol Hill Light Railway Station on Saturday night.

Now his murderers are being searched.

We're learning the 37-year-old victim was a chef at Harry's Fine Foods on Seattle's Capitol Hill. After receiving news of the chef's death, the owners of Harry's Fine Foods closed on what used to be a busy Mother's Day day. The owners plan to remain closed tomorrow as well.

“He's always a real guy whenever that happens,” said Eddie DeRoest.

How deeply this tragedy is being felt here. A bouquet of flowers and a sign all indicated that this was no ordinary Mother's Day at this small neighborhood restaurant.

The 37-year-old chef at Harry's Fine Foods meant a lot to DeRoest. He was her co-worker for the one and a half months he worked here.

She was asked how she was.

“I mean, I don't know,” she said, sadness in her voice. “I don't pretend that I knew him very well, you know. I'm sorry for his family and friends. I can only imagine.”

Witnesses say he got into an argument with two men at the Capitol Hill Light Rail station, about half a mile away, which soon turned violent. Seattle police say he was attacked multiple times with a knife. Good Samaritans tried to stop the bleeding, but he later died at Harborview Medical Center.

His death is having a profound impact on Seattle's close-knit restaurant community.

“We're all connected in some way,” said local bar server Shea Bigger. “We all have mutual friends. So, it happens, you know, you feel it.

In a statement, Sound Transit insisted that the light rail system is safe. There have been 3.4 million riders on light rail during February and only 47 strikes. But in its 15-year life, three riders have died here, two of them since January.

“It was going to be a big day,” DeRoest said. “We were all trying to figure out, 'Eat your wheat, you know. It's going to be a big day.'”

DeRoest says the owners made the right decision to close on Mother's Day, even on a potentially big revenue day. The death of his colleague is a stark reminder of the uncertainty of life.

“It's like you never know what's going to happen,” he said.

Sound Transit says these fatal attacks are rare. Still, they are planning to increase security at the Capitol Hill station to make riders feel safer.

There are cameras throughout the light rail system, so Seattle Police probably have some idea what these suspects look like.

But anyone who has information that could help catch the criminals is asked to call 911.


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