Matthew Korpinen, 1969—2008

On March 2, 2008, Matthew Scott Korpinen was found beaten to death, lying near his truck at 17th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 48th Street.

Matthew’s Leaf is placed by Ballard Commons Park.  If you have photos or memories of Matthew, please leave a comment.



  • Lynn Logelin

    Thank you so much for your caring actions. Just saw this today. I am Matthew’s mother. Matthew grew up in Eastern Wa and Redmond, Wa. He has 2 brothers and 2 sisters, many cousins, aunts and uncles as well his parents and step-parents.

    Sadly Matthew took a wrong turn with drugs. He chose to live away from his family. We were not estranged. He usually phoned me once a year (from different areas) and would not share his location.

    Matthew is much loved and missed.

    Thank you.

  • Carla

    Matt was my first boyfriend in 5th grade in Wenatchee. I still have the stuffed tiger he gave me when he had to move away. I have thought about him all these years and was so sad to hear this news. Peace and love~

  • Jeff Kent

    Wow I just came across this how sad prayers go out to his family I was a freind of matt’s I’m 85to 88 we were very good friendship his mother Lynn made the best impossible pie he got me listening to mettilica man of war metal church we got in trouble drugs rockinroll parties and chasing girls so sad to here yet another freind gone I hope his brother kept his life togerter he was into music so am I love to play Rip my freind

  • Tashia Cottrell

    I met Matt in high school; we dated for a few years. He was always the life of the party and could make you laugh and smile. His funny sayings and goofy antics are something I’ll always remember when I think of him. He was truly a beautiful soul. I can see him now with his long hair, tight Levi jeans, tan skin and tank top tucked in his back jeans pocket smiling his big smile. I’m sorry his life was tragically taken–he deserved so much more. He touched many lives; I wish he could have seen just how many. I hope you’re rocking out and rocking on my friend ♥️

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