Sergeant Cornel Young, Jr.

Sergeant Cornel Young, Jr.

Providence Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch Friday, January 28, 2000

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Cornel Young, Jr.

Sergeant Cornel Young was shot and killed by other officers who had mistaken him for a suspect.

Sergeant Young was off duty at a late night diner when a disturbance was started by other patrons. Sergeant Young, who was in plainclothes, observed a suspect with a gun confronting two officers. With his gun drawn, Sergeant Young approached them to offer assistance. The officers did not recognize him and ordered him to drop his gun. When he did not drop the weapon, the officers fired, striking him. Sergeant Young was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The suspect who first confronted the officers was charged with murder in connection with Sergeant Young's death.

Sergeant Young was posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He had served with the Providence Police Department for 3 years and is survived by his parents. His father also served with the Providence Police Department at the time of the incident.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 373

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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Cornel Young and I are thinking of our son, Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr. He was a Providence Police Officer killed in the line of duty at the age of 29 on January 28, 2000. Eighteen years have passed, but he is still and will forever be loved, missed, and always remembered.

In our son, Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr.’s “Jai’s”honor, we opened the Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr. scholarship Fund in the year 2000 and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse made the first deposit of $1,000..many contributors thereafter, we got together with the Rhode Island Foundation to invest our contributions. Each year, we would average out giving $1,000 scholarships to up to 6 students. Thus far, we have given out 82 scholarships and more will be given out in 2018.

Providence high school students can see their school counselors to apply for the Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr. Scholarship through the Rhode Island Foundation. Students can go online to apply. Our children are our future and we want them to succeed and follow their dreams.

This will continue for years to come even after we are gone.
Our son, Sgt. Cornel Young,
Jr.‘s life and legacy lives on by giving back to others.

His legacy lives on through all of us and remains in our hearts always and forever. He is our Guardian Angel watching over us.

Jai, the family loves and misses you everyday. We shall never forget you.

The Young Family

Cornel and Amerencia (Amy) Young
Father and StepMother

February 4, 2018

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