Choi Won-jong, ‘Ilbe’, the culprit of the murder in Seohyeon Station?
25 August 2023
The messenger profile of Choi Won-jong, the culprit in the stabbing murder case at Seohyeon Station, is drawing attention. MBC’s
‘Real Story Expedition’ , which aired on the 24th, focused on the안전놀이터 suspect Choi Won-jong, dealing with the weapon riot at Seohyeon Station, Seohyeon-dong, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si that occurred on the 3rd. Mr. A, an elementary and middle school classmate of Choi Won-jong, showed Choi Won-jong’s KakaoTalk profile with a picture of the late former President Roh Moo-hyun hanging on it. Mr. A said, “My name is written Choi Won-jong, but (profile) it is a picture of former President Roh Moo-hyun. Huh? What is it? I clicked on it, but there was a rising sun flag in the background and something written in Japanese. (So) this guy Why are you doing this? (I thought)” he said. Also, alumni said that Mr. Choi was like a ghost with no sense of existence. Mr. A was surprised, saying, “(Choi Won-jong) is usually quiet and doesn’t say anything aggressive or negative, but I was surprised to hear that he did that (riot) with a knife. At first, I thought it wasn’t real. I thought it was another Choi Won-jong.” He continued, “After entering high school, (Choi Won-jong) dropped out three or four days later, and a friend who went to that school contacted me saying that he was a ‘No. 1 dropout’.” Mr. A also revealed that since he became an adult, he had encountered Choi Won-jong at the gym. He said, “It’s been a while, so I’m glad.
The meaning of the Japanese phrase is “development of programs that change history.” In addition, Mr. Choi wrote in Japanese, “Nothing will change even if I pray” and “What changes now is the determination to fight.” This phrase is also the opening remark of the animation ‘Attack on Titan’.
Netizens who saw the profile picture raised suspicions that Choi was a member of Ilbe Best (Ilbe). Ilbe is an extreme right-leaning South Korean community site in South Korea. Various controversies such as misogyny, belittling the bereaved families of the Sewol ferry disaster, beautifying pro-Japanese dictatorship, and ridiculing the late former President Roh Moo-hyun continued to emerge as social issues.
On the other hand, on the afternoon of the 3rd, Choi Won-jong is suspected of brandishing a weapon at the department store after driving a vehicle in front of AK Plaza department store in Seohyeon-dong, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, which is connected to Seohyeon Station on the Suin Bundang Line. As a result, one person died and 13 others were injured. Among the injured, a woman in her 20s who was hit by a car is still receiving treatment for brain death.