STOCKTON — Alameda County’s sheriff will be among the law enforcement officials present at funeral services this weekend for a colleague who was killed last week in a traffic accident.
Sroeuy Phillip Khin died May 12 just one day shy of his 51st birthday when a commuter bus rammed into the back of the Alameda County deputy’s car on Interstate 580 near the Altamont Pass.
Khin was off-duty, having just finished working a shift at Santa Rita Jail; the bus was bound for Stockton, taking Tesla employees home from the company’s manufacturing plant in Fremont.
Khin, who left behind a wife and four children, was a boy when his family fled Cambodia to escape the genocidal regime of the Khmer Rouge in the mid-1970s.
They moved first to Thailand before emigrating to the United States, where Khin eventually settled in Stockton. He was known not only as a family man but a mentor to other young members of the city’s Cambodian community.
He would advise teens to stay off the streets and encourage them to reach their potential, said family friend Konya Hin.
“He’s just a father figure to everybody,” added his 27-year-old nephew, Ceezamuth “Ocean” Khin, of San Leandro. “He cared for everybody he could put his hands on.”
In addition to raising his own children, Khin took in several nieces and nephews who couldn’t stay at their own home after one of their parents died.
He raised them as his own, Hin said, noting that Khin not only bought his oldest daughter a car when she graduated from high school last year —…
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