CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom Has Died

The officer injured in a shooting Tuesday died in Walnut Creek.

Kenyon Youngstrom, 37, the California Highway Patrol officer shot after a traffic stop Tuesday on Interstate 680, has died.

Youngstrom, a seven-year CHP veteran, was pronounced dead at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday, according to Ben Drew, a spokesman for John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.

Youngstrom had been on life support since Tuesday, according to the Contra Costa Times.

A vigil for Youngstrom was scheduled at Oakbrook Elementary School in Fairfield on Tuesday evening for residents of the community of Cordelia where Youngstrom lived with his wife and four children.

Update on donations:

The California Highway Patrol has established a memorial fund to support Youngstrom's family. A memorial fund has been set up through Wells Fargo, and donations to the Officer Kenyon Youngstrom Memorial can be made at any Wells Fargo branch, CHP Officer Elon Steers said.

Anyone wishing to contribute can do so at any Mechanics Bank branch office, via mail or through a wire transfer. For a list of branches, go to mechanicsbank.com. Offices will open early or stay late to accept deposits. To request after-hours arrangements, all the Mechanics Bank Call Center at 800-797-MECH (6324). For donations by mail, send checks payable to "For Benefit of Officer Kenyon Youngstrom" to Mechanics Bank, 1350 North Main St., Walnut Creek, CA 94596. For wire transfers: Mechanics Bank, Routing Number 121102036, For Officer Kenyon Youngstrom.

The California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation, which provides
financial assistance to the families of fallen officers, can provide further
information on the memorial. Foundation representatives can be reached at
(714) 529-1199 or at info@chp11-99.org.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

KAC September 07, 2012 at 04:48 PM
RIP Officer Youngstrom and prayers to his family...we will never know if he saved many lives by giving his, but considering such a brazen, crazed act by the shooter, I think he did...
Renae Wilber September 07, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Regular Guy - you are right. I can't get my brain around this nor is there a perspective to make sense of it. It is just a terrible heartbreaking unnecessary loss of a young man. None of our petty differences really matter when something this tragic occurs...this is where we all come together in unity to support the family as a community. To Officer Youngstrom's family, we are here for you, as a community, holding your hands, offering our prayers, and giving you whatever comfort in solidarity we can. We are with you.
Stephanie September 08, 2012 at 05:25 PM
God rejoices with us in times of joy and grieves with us in times of sorrow. May his precious family be comforted and feel the strong presence and love of the Father who will never leave them. This officer is a true hero, and may have stopped the monster who ended his life from killing even more innocent people. His reward is eternity with His Savior, may he rest in peace.
Danna Wright September 09, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Yes, so sad. Prayers for the family left behind.
brenda September 12, 2012 at 03:41 AM
we were leaving California on 680 at 10;20 we were stuck...This same thing happened in Springfield Oregon a few years ago...It is so sad it really does affect the community ....so terrible very sad


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