Since the recent shooting in South Seattle, which happened as Sherry Soth and friends were leaving a house party, Soth became known as the 22nd homicide victim in Seattle this year. But the 21-year-old, described by the Seattle Times as a “free-spirited fashionista” of Cambodian descent, left a mark on the local community.
Soth was a former youth program participant at API Chaya (formerly known as Asian & Pacific Islander Women & Family Safety Center) from 2004 to 2008 where she played an active role as a Seattle delegate to the 2005 SCESA Women of Color Leadership Conference in Puerto Rico. Judith Panlasigui, former Youth Program Coordinator and current Program Manager at API Chaya describes Sherry as happy and joyful.
“Sherry was spirited, amazing, and brave. It is tragic that her life was taken at such a young age,” said Panlasigui.
According to the Seattle Times, Soth was planning on relocating to Hawaii in the fall. She considered using her artistic talents somehow or perhaps read books to kids in Cambodia.
The shooting wounded five others — ages 17 to 21 — who are expected to recover. Sherry is survived by her parents, two sisters, and two brothers. (end)