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.

Liz Bettis September 06, 2012 at 04:00 PM
So sad and so uneccessary....my thoughts and prayers are with his family and with all law enforcement.
s r September 06, 2012 at 04:06 PM
@SG comment. I agree. A beautiful sky last night, God welcoming home his new Angel. Please pray for his 4 kids, wife and family, and support them however you can.
David September 06, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Michelle Kye September 06, 2012 at 05:03 PM
God bless Officer Youngstrom and his family.
Barry Hunau September 06, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Heartfelt sympathy for your loss to the family and friends of the slain officer.
Jenni Johnson September 06, 2012 at 05:30 PM
My heart,and prayers go out to officier Youngstrom's family.As a daughter of a retired CHP officier,this is a CHP families worst night mare.Each day our Dad went to work we always went on hope and faith he would return,however there is always an idiot out there willing to take a "GOOD LIFE"away.Extra hugs to his children.
Susan Tarvin September 06, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Horrible news, my heart goes out the family and friends of the Office. We need to appreciate and value the hard dangerous work of the highway patrol & all officers who put their lives on the line for us daily. I agree with Congodog's conclusions.
caveman51 September 06, 2012 at 06:50 PM
May you in peace, Officer Youngstrom. My prayers are with your family, friends and all others who knew you. May they find peace in this difficult time.
Jennifer Squires September 06, 2012 at 06:53 PM
People down in Watsonville, in Santa Cruz County, are thinking of the fallen officer and his family today as well. http://watsonville.patch.com/articles/letter-to-the-editor-thanking-police-officers
Colleen Marquez September 06, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Prayers for God's abundant comfort, peace, and provision to his grieving family. May they showered in love by God through our community for their irreplaceable loss.
Jana Pastorino September 06, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Rest in Peace officer Youngstrom. You are a true Hero. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and colleagues. To all Law Enforcement Officers...Thank you.
Ari Soglin (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 07:59 PM
The information on donations at either Mechanics Bank or Wells Fargo Bank has been updated on this story.
johnnybgoode September 06, 2012 at 08:25 PM
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 Rest in peace my brother. We will never forget you.
Jim September 06, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Thank You!
Mary September 06, 2012 at 09:07 PM
So incredibly sad. I live near JM Hospital so watched the vigil for two long days. Amazing to witness the rainbow just an hour after Officer Youngstrom passed. God's expression of his love and mercy for us. RIP.
YoureAnIdiot September 06, 2012 at 09:45 PM
I did not hear about this story completely. Did they get the perp? Too young to die. Such trajedy when the good get the shaft, and the bad live on... RIP
JJMarieKK September 06, 2012 at 10:23 PM
I was on a bus to work on SB 680 right after it happened. It was amazing seeing the police response, about 15 patrol cars from all local agencies, officers rushing to the scene, jumping out, running down the freeway. They were hoping to help in some way. We were able to get past and out of the way. Then all I could do was pray for all involved.
Stephen Fredricks September 06, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Thank you Officer Youngstrom for your service; I pray for the safe keeping of your family.
Brian Parsley September 06, 2012 at 11:32 PM
The Policeman stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining as brightly as his brass. "Step forward now, officer. How shall I deal with You? Have you always turned the other cheek? To my Church have you been true?" The officer squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't. Cause those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.But I never took a penny that wasn't mine to keep, Though I worked a lot of overtime when the bills just got too steep. And I never passed a cry for help, though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I wept unmanly tears. I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear. If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand. I've never expected or had too much. But if you don't, I'll understand." There was silence all around the throne where the saints had often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the answer of his God. "Step forward now, Officer, you've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on Heaven's Streets. You've done your time in Hell."
Ann G September 06, 2012 at 11:52 PM
May your family take comfort in knowing that you died helping us all, and, if it is your religion, may the Holy Spirit visit you and give you comfort.
Pink bubblegum September 07, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Last night when I heard the news of Officer Youngstrom's passing, I went outside and looked up at the sky. One more star will shine. I hope you meet my dad up there....two brave and amazing men. I didn't know you personally, but you will be in my heart forever. Prayers for your family, your fellow officer who backed you up as well as the family of the shooter. RIP <3
Mick September 07, 2012 at 03:05 AM
God bless the Youngston family. God bless each and every line officer, Sgt., Lt, and command staff administrator. God bless you Kenyon Youngston. The angles have led you to paradise.
Dan Perez September 07, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Such a sad story; my condolences to the officer's family. I think Officer Youngstrom may have saved a life in his death. The shooter could have been on his way to do something (bad) to someone, as he showed no concern for his life and was carrying a loaded gun. My brother-in-law is a police officer, and he almost met the same fate years ago when he saw a shotgun in the car he had just stopped, from a distance and drew his weapon. Let us be reminded of the dangers our law enforcement face each day in protecting the community, and be thankful.
Robyn Pedro September 07, 2012 at 08:20 AM
To Mrs. Youngstrom and family, My sincere condolences to you and your children. Although your days and night will be cold and lonely god will see you all through this. With him he will bring you the strength that you will need to carry on. Without a doubt he has reached heaven and is now an angel forever. Knowing that will here on earth he saved lives and left this life saving many more through organ donations. God has received a good man. I'll keep you in my prayer. Be strong Mrs. Youngstrom your children need you. God will comfort you soul and bring peace into your heart soon. Speak of him often and remember to laugh and smile when sharing his memories this will ease you pain. My heart hurts for you, I know your pain. With my deepest sympathy and ALOHA, Robyn Pedro, Union City, CA
Janice P Ellis September 07, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Beautifully said, Yvonne. So very true. Without my faith, I would have given up LONG ago. Rest in peace, Officer Youngstrom.
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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