A beloved culinary instructor was remembered Monday night at a candlelight vigil.
Fellow chefs and his family are still searching for answers after Portland Police say 63-year-old Dan Brophy was shot to death inside the Oregon Culinary Institute Saturday morning.
It was around 8:30 a.m. when culinary students were showing up for class. Police say they found him in a kitchen area of the school.
First responders tried to save him, but they couldn’t.
When investigators searched the area, they were unable to find a suspect.
“It’s really hard. All of us really cared about him,” said Tse Richmond, an instructor at OCI.
Chef Brophy was remembered by a few of his signature cooking tools at the vigil, including a blowtorch named “The Dragon.”
Eric Stromquist, OCI’s co-founder, told FOX 12 he has known Dan since the early ‘80s.
“Brilliant. Very, very smart. Deeply knowledgeable about food and cooking,” he said. “I’m still having a hard time believing it happened.”
OCI staff, students, and family reflect — Dan was doing what he loved.
“He was a giver all of his life,”said Brophy’s father, Jack Brophy
. Jack was taking in the memorial at the school and pointed out the small wagon, a hallmark of the school.
Stromquist says it was a miniature farmer’s market, courtesy of Dan. He would prepare homemade sauces and herbs at home.
“He’d load that wagon up and take it into the school. And I thought when I saw that, that’s Dan,” said Jack.
Dan Brophy changed lives for 12 years at OCI, and now others will carry on his legacy.
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