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Sep 2012
Memorial for slain CHP Officer Ken Youngstrom set for Thursday
CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom

CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom

A public memorial for California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, 37, who was shot during a routine traffic stop along I-680 near Walnut Creek last week, will be held Thursday in Vacaville.

Law enforcement officers from across the state are expected to attend the memorial at Mission Church at 10 a.m.

Meanwhile, the Fairfield community is continuing to raise money for Youngstrom's family. Hundreds of people descended on the trampoline park "Jump Highway" in Fairfield on Sunday to honor him. The trampoline park held a silent auction with all proceeds going to Youngstrom's family.

Youngstrom is survived by his wife, Karen, two sons and two daughters, parents, Gaylord and Jill Youngstrom of Riverside, Calif., along with four brothers and a sister, according to a CHP press release titled "End of Watch."

"Officer Youngstrom was known by all around him for his love of God, love for family, and love for his job. He radiated joy and genuine care for all around him. His service and dedication were unwavering. In his continued commitment to service and contribution, Officer Youngstrom prearranged in the case of his passing, to have his organs donated. His organs which are being donated will save many lives," the release said.

Youngstrom died Wednesday. He was taken off life support one day after being shot in the head after he was called to the scene on the report of a dead deer. His partner had stopped a driver on reports of an obstructed license plate. That driver, Christopher Boone Lacy, got out of the car and pulled out a gun. Youngstrom was fatally struck, and his partner killed Lacy in the unusual daytime shootout. Why Lacy shot the officer is still unclear.

"Jump Highway" will continue to accept donations for Youngstrom's family in the coming weeks.

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