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Asian American Leaders in Cincinnati Extend Condolences to Slain Officer Kim

Sonny Kim and Family
Sonny Kim with his wife Jessica and sons Timothy, Joshua and Jacob
A Coalition of Asian Americans has released a statement expressing their heartfelt condolences to the family of Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim and his colleagues in the law enforcement community.
Kim was gunned down Friday while responding to a call about a man with a gun. Both Kim and the suspect were killed. Police later described this as suicide by cop. They learned it was the suspect himself who made the report about a man with a gun. The suspect, identified as Trepierre Hummons, apparently wanted to die all along.
The Coalition includes Korean Americans, Indian Americans, Pacific Islanders, Filipino Americans, Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, Vietnamese Americans, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists.

“Officer Kim made the ultimate sacrifice in serving his community,” the groups said. “The outpouring of support from the public reveals a great deal about his character, as well as the character of Greater Cincinnati as a whole. He was a Cincinnatian through and through. He was also a respected member of the Asian American community.
“We, as Asian Americans living in Greater Cincinnati, are proud to have considered him one of our own. We mourn this tragic loss and stand together to honor his life, and thank him for his dedicated service in protecting our great city. A hero like Officer Kim deserves no less. He serves as a role model not only for Asian Americans, but for all Americans.”


Cincinnati Korean American Association (CKAA)
Hyunjin Lee, Vice President

Asian American Hour on WAIF 88.3 FM
Charleston C K Wang, Co-Host
Mary Joan Reutter, Co-Host

Asian Community Alliance (ACA)
Arlene de Silva, Executive Director
Yen Hsieh, Board Chair
Geeta Mehan, Board Member

Asian Food Fest / Asian American Cultural Association of Cincinnati (AACAC)
Lam Dang, President

Asian Indian Alliance (AIA)
Jagdish Bhati, Treasurer/Secretary

Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Southwest Ohio
Alexander Song, President

Association for India’s Development (AID) – Cincinnati Chapter
Mahesh Nagesh, President

Cincinnati Sister Cities Association of Greater Cincinnati
Ratee Apana, President
Pat Niskode, President of India Sister City Association

Doctors for America
Donald Nguyen, State Director

Filipino American Association of Southern Ohio (FASO)
Suzy Alvarez Hussey, President

Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce
Shau Zavon, Founder
Louisa Luk, Vice Chair
Michael Kou, President

Hai Sam, Greater Cincinnati Vietnamese Community

Hindu Temple of Greater Cincinnati
Deepak Dixit, President

Indian American Chamber of Commerce
Rayan Coutinho, President

Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati (ICGC)
Inayat Malik MD, Board Chair Emeritus

Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati
Carla Romanelli, Executive Director

Japanese American Citizens League – Cincinnati Chapter
Kazuya Sato, President
Betsy Sato, Vice Governor Midwest District Council

Lang Thang Group
Bao Nguyen, Managing Partner

Lee Wong, West Chester Trustee

Minority People’s Email Network (MPEN)
Munsup Seoh, Founder and Organizer

National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) – Cincinnati Chapter
Michael Kan, President
Tessa Xuan, Board Member

National Federation of Filipino American Associations Kentucky (NaFFAA-KY)
Vicky Villareal, State Chair

Ohio Asian American Pacific Islander Advisory Council
Tom Chung, Council Member

Society of Chinese American Professors and Scientists (SoCAPS) – Cincinnati Chapter
Mingming Lu, President
Hairong Guan, Vice President

SW Ohio 80-20 Chapter
Khurshid Ahmad, President
Joy Robinson, Former Board Member

University of Cincinnati
Santa J. Ono, President
Gwendolyn Yip, First Lady of UC

Vietnamese American Buddhist Association of Greater Cincinnati
Phan Ho, Secretary


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