The medical examiner ruled Smith's death a homicide.
Smith's ex-girlfriend told The Oregonian the victim was fatally stabbed outside The High Dive bar while defending a friend. Smith's ex reportedly said an alleged suspect inappropriately touched and tried going after one of their friends who identifies as LGBTQ+. Smith then allegedly intervened before the suspect stabbed him several times.
Smith's ex-girlfriend called Smith a "protector" and said, "He died being the person that we all knew him to be."
Police said the suspect or suspects left the area before they arrived, and no arrests have been made. The investigation is ongoing.