Chin Shin, known to everyone as Jin, was shot Monday morning in Fort Worth.
It happened after a traffic accident led to an argument and eventually a gunshot at the intersection of the southbound lanes of South University Drive and Interstate 30.
“It’s been a roller coaster for everyone, going through this in the last few days, but it’s been a very powerful experience to see what it’s built in terms of community,” said friend Conrad Alagaban.
Shin’s sister and close friends spoke highly of him and his business, Family Karaoke, where they also credited his singing talent.
“He loved karaoke, he loved to sing. In fact, if you can’t figure out what to do on a particular night when he’s available, his first suggestion is to go to karaoke,” said his 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 Dallas, Texas hair salon Hair Salon World may be linked to other shootings targeting 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 got a bunch of people together, including my mom, and they all put on masks and he took everything to the hospital,” said younger sister Kerri Shin Mejia. “That’s the kind of thing he does. He didn’t tell me he was doing it. He just showed me he loved me.”
He is still shocked at how an argument after an accident turned violent.
“This should never happen to anyone. A fender bender should never become this. I think the detectives will do what they have to do and I know the truth will come out,” Shin Mejia said.
Fort Worth police have not made any arrests at this time, the department confirmed.
Fundraising efforts are underway to help her daughter and family with funeral expenses.