Thousands gather to mourn slain CHP officer

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  • Sept. 13, 2012: Funeral service for California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, killed in the line of duty, Sept. 3, 2012.
  • California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Youngstrom
  • California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Youngstrom

VACAVILLE (BCN) - A few thousand law enforcement officers, government officials and community members gathered in Vacaville this morning to say goodbye to California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, who was shot and killed by a driver during a routine traffic stop last week.

The memorial service for the 37-year-old CHP officer and father of four at Mission Church in Vacaville drew a wide roster of state and local officials, including Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris.

PHOTOS: Memorial service for CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom

The service came after Youngstrom was shot in the head on Sept. 4 by 36-year-old Christopher Boone Lacy, the driver of a Jeep Wrangler he had stopped on Interstate Highway 680 near Alamo for an obstructed license plate.

CHP Officer Tyler Carlton then shot Lacy multiple times, killing him.

Youngstrom was pronounced dead the next day at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.

Carlton was among several speakers at today's memorial service.

"Ken, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for always being there for me, and I look forward to seeing you again some day," Carlton said, receiving a standing ovation.

Youngstrom's eldest son Alex also spoke, talking about his father's "goofy" antics around the house.

"He went out of his way to make people laugh," Alex said. "We're going to miss him a lot."

Since the shooting, the officer's organ and tissue donations have gone to four California residents, including a 52-year-old Bay Area woman who had been waiting for a decade for a transplant and a 29-year-old mother who received Youngstrom's left kidney and pancreas.

Youngstrom will be buried at Sacramento Valley Veterans Cemetery in Dixon. He had served in the Army reserves. 

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