Hort Kap was a father and husband who worked diligently to pave the way for each of his six children to have an education. He taught them love wasn’t just a word. He showed them by his actions. Hort Kap and his wife Sawann survived the KhmerRouge killing field in 1980. Hort helped his wife escape to a refugee camp. From there, the family was sent to the Philippines, then to the Bronx, New York, and eventually to Philadelphia.
He was popular and liked within the Khmer community and always lent a hand to other refugees. Hort and Sawann have six children Somaly, 29, Savorn 28, Noun, 27, Linda, 25, David, 23, and Daniel, 18. He is survived by two grandchildren, a boy D’mear Tau Ung age 8, and a grandaughter Cierra Ung age 10. He never had the pleasure of meeting his newest baby granddaughter who was born this past year to his oldest son, Noun.
Periodically, the Kap family will be contributing to this website by posting their own, personal blog entries---archived here. We've requested that they remain as transparent as possible as we hope to use their entries to paint a crystal-clear picture of the utter devastation that results from drinking and driving. Matthew's irresponsible and reckless choice flipped many worlds upside down and now "reality" is forever changed for so many. Our hope is that by providing a front-row, real-time glimpse into these two new realties--Matt in prison and the Kap family navigating the heartbreaking process of grief---others will have a clear picture of the far-reaching consequences of drinking and driving. We hope this hits home and sends the message that no one is invincible and one bad decision destroys. Our goal is to help prevent future tragedies like the one Matthew caused when he took the life of Mr. Hort Kap---a wonderful, innocent man.