‘You’re In A Better Place’

Hundreds Mourn City Woman Killed In Attack

Posted: February 22, 2014

Father Joe Goldsmith leads the funeral Mass for Eun Sim Kim at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Harrisonburg on Friday. (Photos by Jeremy Hunt / DN-R)
Paul Kim talks about his mother, Eun Sim Kim, at her funeral at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Harrisonburg on Friday.

HARRISONBURG — Hundreds of people turned out Friday evening at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church to mourn the death of a Harrisonburg woman who was killed during an apparent robbery last weekend.

Eun Sim Kim, 51, was shot and her husband, Jae Young Kim, brutally beaten Feb. 15 at their Clover Hill area business, Dry River Store.

According to the latest update received by the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, Jae Young Kim, 54, remains in critical condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

News of the attack rocked the rural community.

The Kims’ son, Paul, told mourners about the last conversation he had with his mother on Valentine’s Day, the day before she died.

She told him she was as happy as ever with everything and everyone in her life, he said.

Paul Kim said he didn’t realize just how much he loved his mother until she was gone.

“I wish I could say that every day, but you’re in a better place now,” he said.

The investigation into Eun Sim Kim’s death and the attack on her husband began at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 15.

Emergency crews were called to Dry River Store at 1228 Clover Hill Road by someone who found the couple on the floor.

Police say a “slender, black man” who was seen on surveillance video entering the store is responsible for the attack.

The suspect was wearing a green vest with a red shirt underneath.

He fled on foot to Roberson Road, according to police, and he may have left the area in a dark-colored Toyota sedan.

Police have received numerous tips and leads since the suspect’s photo was released but no arrests have been made.

Contact Jeremy Hunt at 574-6273 or jhunt@dnronline.com

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