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Officer Youngstrom’s Body Heads to Vacaville

Slain CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom makes last trip.

With escort vehicles wailing and onlookers shedding tears, the body of slain California Highway Patrolman Kenyon Youngstrom made a last trip Monday down the highways the 37-year-old officer was sworn to protect.

Co-workers lined Benicia Road in in front of the CHP Golden Gate Division Headquarters on Benicia Road in Vallejo as a hearse carrying Youngstrom’s body made its way slowly to the freeway.

“He worked upstairs and we (the dispatchers) work downstairs so we saw him on a daily basis,” said dispatcher Amy Harris as she and other workers and officers awaited the motorcade.

Youngstrom was shot during a routine traffic stop last Tuesday in Alamo and died on Wednesday at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek.

“He was a really nice, really good officer,” said Gina Walls, a dispatcher at the Golden Gate Division.  “He was a good family guy.”

A memorial service honoring Youngstrom is planned for Thursday in Vacaville.

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