STOCKTON (CBS SF) — As his tearful relatives stood near by, the body of an Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy was returned home to Stockton six days after he was killed in a Bay Area freeway crash.

Sroeuy Khin was killed last Friday when a Tesla bus carrying 51 employees rear-ended his car on eastbound Interstate 580 near the Altamont Pass as he was returning home to Stockton after working an overnight shift at the Santa Rita jail.

On Wednesday, a motorcade finally carried his casket back to Stockton where it was greeted by an honor guard and his grieving relatives and friends.

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“I just wanted him back,” his wife, Melanie Ou, told reporters as she battled tears. “It’s all I want. I miss him. He was the best man in the world.”

She stood outside the DeYoung Memorial Chapel, being supported by her son — BJ Phim.

“He was a better man than he was a better cop,” Phim said. “Everyone here knows that. He was my best friend…He was always optimistic. He always saw the good in everybody…He was a hero to the community. He taught me everything i need to know.”

Khin was a Stockton police officer before he joined the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department in 2007. He is survived by his wife and four children.