Family of Father, Son Killed in Crash Getting Support

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DES MOINES, Iowa – The family of the father and son killed in a car crash on MLK last week are receiving support as they cope with the emotional and financial stress of their loss.

“He cares a lot for us, too, and he loved every one of his children. Especially me and my little brothers,” said Tu Meh, daughter of Soe Reh. “He always asked me about my education, and if I need anything. Everyone admired him, and I admire him a lot, because he did everything – like, he tried his best.”

This family came to the United States from Burma, by way of Vietnam, in 2011. Tu Meh, 18, is a student at DMACC, and has spoken English for five years. She says her family – 10 in total – live in a small house in Des Moines, working and hoping to achieve a better life. When her father, Soe Reh, and her younger brother, three-year-old David, were involved in a deadly car accident, she says her family had trouble coping.

“But my brothers, who are 16 and 11, are having a hard time too, because, imagine losing their brother,” she said. “And my brother. It’s really hard. And right now, we don’t – it’s not just one person, but it’s two person. So, our house feels very empty without them. It’s just too much.”

EMBARC – or the Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center – is helping the family pay for the funeral costs. Soe Reh’s funeral has already taken place, and David’s funeral, held Saturday, is expected to cost $20,000. If you’d like to contribute, click here.