Chin Shin, who everyone knew as Jin, was shot early Monday morning in Fort Worth.
It happened after a traffic accident led to an argument and eventually, gunfire at the intersection of the southbound lanes of South University Drive and Interstate 30.
“It’s been a roller coaster for everybody going through this in the last few days, but it’s been a very powerful experience to see what he’s built in terms of the community,” said friend Conrad Alagaban.
Shin’s sister and close friends spoke highly of him and his business, Family Karaoke, where they also praised his singing talent.
“He loved karaoke, he loved to sing. In fact, if you can’t figure out what to do on a certain night that he’s available, his first suggestion is to go to karaoke,” said longtime friend Jack Chang.
Shin’s family moved from South Korea and planted roots in Dallas when he was young.
Shin was known for his acts of kindness, donating money to the shooting victims of the Korean-owned hair salon, Hair World.
Police say the triple shooting at a Dallas, Texas hair salon, Hair Salon World, may be connected to other shootings at Asian-owned businesses.
He also worked tirelessly helping other businesses, his community and especially his family during the height of the pandemic.
“I’m an ICU nurse and I remember he was really worried about me. He gathered a bunch of people, including my mom, and they all made masks and he took them all to the hospital,” said younger sister Kerri Shin Mejia. “These are the kinds of things he does. He didn’t tell me he was doing it. He just showed that he loved me.”
She is still in shock over how an argument after an accident escalated into violence.
“This should never happen to anyone. A fender bender should never go back to this. I believe the detectives will do what they have to do and I know the truth will come out,” said Shin Mejia.
At this time, Fort Worth police have not made any arrests, the department confirmed.
There are fundraising efforts to help his daughter and family with funeral expenses.