The University of Cincinnati will give the three children of fallen Cincinnati police officer Sonny Kim a free education if they choose to attend the college, according to WCPO.
“As a small token of gratitude to Officer Sonny Kim, UC will cover full undergraduate tuition for his 3 sons should they matriculate at UC,” UC President Santa J. Ono tweeted Monday morning.
The average cost for a four-year degree at UC is about $50,000, Ono said.
Ono said UC’s offer goes beyond what is covered by an Ohio law that states “the child of a public service officer killed in the line of duty” and “who is admitted to any state university or college” “shall not be required to pay any tuition or any student fee for up to four academic years of education, which shall be at the undergraduate level.”
“Our scholarship to the Kim children we will be on top of any support from the Ohio Safety Officers fund,” he said. “They can use it for room and board, books and study abroad.”
Kim, 48, a husband and father of three boys, died after being shot while responding to a call of a gunman acting erratically Friday morning.
Police said Kim’s shooter, 21-year-old Trepierre Hummons, called 911 at 9:03 a.m. to report a black man in his early 20s “walking around, getting belligerent with a gun” at the corner of Whetsel Avenue and Roe Street in Madisonville. They said he called again a few minutes later.
Kim was the first officer on the scene at 9:19 a.m. Hummons started a fire fight with Kim, Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said. Both men died in the encounter.
Kim, a 27-year veteran of the Cincinnati Police Department, also worked as the owner and main karate instructor at the Japanese Karate-Do dojo in Symmes Township.
One of Kim’s sons left a powerful message left on Instagram Saturday telling his father goodbye.
In it, Kim’s son remembers riding bikes, running 5Ks and laughing at his dad’s “stupid jokes that (he) would purposefully make a straight face at even though they were actually funny.”