HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Friends and family gathered on Saturday morning to honor Mathew Korattiyil, the 68-year-old man who was tragically killed earlier this week after a carjacking.
Many say this was a man who was well known and loved in his community.
“He is a very important man to this community and he helped so many,” said Abraham Thomas who is a friend of Korattiyil.
Detectives say James Hanson, Jr. carjacked him at gunpoint, after robbing the CenterState bank in Valrico Tuesday morning.
“He was going to put a check into the bank in the early morning, that’s what I heard,” added Thomas.
But instead of focusing on how he died, many are remembering Korattiyil for the wonderful life he lived.
“He was retiring and wanted to live a peaceful life with his children and grandchildren,” said Thomas.
The convenience store Korattiyil used to own was closed Saturday morning with flowers and a wreath hanging from the door in his memory.
The suspect, James Hanson, Jr. is behind bars facing multiple charges. He is currently being held in jail on no bond.