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Slain CHP Officer's Family Asks for Privacy at Funeral

A private ceremony in St. Helena Monday will be followed by a funeral Thursday in Vacaville for California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, who died last Wednesday after being shot during a traffic stop in Alamo.

The California Highway Patrol has confirmed the funeral arrangements for Officer .

Youngstrom, 37, of Fairfield, died Sept. 5, a day after he was fatally shot during a traffic stop on Interstate 680 in Alamo.

An announcement from the Golden Gate Unit of the CHP, in which Kenyon served along with Napa's officers, reads:

Funeral arrangements for our fallen officer have been finalized and are as follows:

Date:  Thursday, September 13, 2012

Time:  10:00 AM

Location:  The Mission Church, 6391 Leisure Town Road, Vacaville, CA  95687

The family asked for privacy but understands the desire and need of the public to share in the mourning of Officer Youngstrom. Therefore, the service will be pooled press (photography, television, radio).  

Youngstrom was a seven-year veteran of the CHP and leaves a wife and four children. A brought his body through the Napa Valley enroute to a private service in St. Helena.

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 , 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.

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