A few thousand law enforcement officers, government officials and community members gathered in Vacaville Thursday morning to say goodbye to California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, who was shot and killed by a driver during a routine traffic stop last week.
The memorial service for the 37-year-old CHP officer and father of four at Mission Church in Vacaville drew a wide roster of state and local
officials, including Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris.
The service came after Youngstrom was shot in the head on Sept. 4 by 36-year-old Christopher Boone Lacy, the driver of a Jeep Wrangler he had stopped on Interstate Highway 680 near Alamo for an obstructed license plate.
Youngstrom's CHP partner, Officer Tyler Carlton, then shot Lacy multiple times, killing him.
Youngstrom was pronounced dead the next day at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.
Carlton was among several speakers at today's memorial service.
"Ken, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for always being there for me, and I look forward to seeing you again some day," he said, receiving a standing ovation.
Youngstrom's eldest son Alex also spoke, talking about his father's "goofy" antics around the house.
"He went out of his way to make people laugh," he said. "We're going to miss him a lot."
Flags that have been flying at half-staff on municipal buildings throughout the Tri-Valley in honor of Officer Youngstrom and will be raised to the normal position once the funeral service is over.
Officer Youngstrom entered the CHP Academy in August 2005 and was assigned to the CHP's Contra Costa Area upon graduation in February 2006. He transferred to the CHP's Golden Gate Division headquarters in January 2009 and most recently transferred back to the Contra Costa Area office on Aug. 1.
He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1994 to 2000, attaining the rank of Specialist.
Officer Youngstrom is the 223rd CHP officer to be killed in the line of duty since 1929. He is survived by his wife, Karen, two sons and two daughters, his parents Gaylord and Jill Youngstrom of Riverside, four brothers and a sister.
A memorial fund has been set up and contributions can be made at at any Wells Fargo Bank branch where the public can donate to the Officer Kenyon Youngstrom Memorial fund.
Since the shooting, the officer's organ and tissue donations have gone to four California residents, including a 52-year-old Bay Area woman who had been waiting for a decade for a transplant and a 29-year-old mother who
received Youngstrom's left kidney and pancreas.