Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Cornel Young, Jr.

Providence Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch Friday, January 28, 2000

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Reflections for Sergeant Cornel Young, Jr.

Cornel Young and I are at the American Police Hall of Fame’s Annual Police Memorial Weekend May 17-19, 2019 with family in Titusville, Florida. It is a beautiful weekend of love and remembrance of our loved ones gone too soon. We honor our son, Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr. and all officers who have died in the line of duty. We shall never forget our loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with all family survivors.

Retired Major Cornel Young, Sr. PPD

May 20, 2019

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

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 28, 2018

One of the saddest things that can happen in this profession happened here. Sgt. Young, you had so little chance to prove your metal to the world but in the short time you wore the badge, you showed you were willing and able to do the job.

God Bless you, Brother. It's been 17 long hard years for all who were involved and especially all who know and love you best and miss you each and every day.

May your eternal rest be forever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

January 28, 2017

Sitting here talking about you almost 15 years after you left this world and about 18 since I last saw you, and it's wonderful to hear from my baby girl " I wish he was still here. I think I would have been proud to know him." Jai I'm proud to have known you and it makes me happy to know my little girl would have been to. Your legacy of right and wrong will continue to live on, through those who loved you and those who they raised in your light.

A friend

December 14, 2015

On Police Memorial Week, we think of our son, Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr. (Jai) - We shall never forget him. He is in our thoughts and prayers everyday. His legacy lives on through all of us. In his memory, we opened the Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr. Scholarship Fund in which money is donated and scholarships are given each year.

Always and Forever in our Hearts. RIP Son - May 19, 1970 - January 28, 2000. xoxo

Major Cornel Young Ret. Amy, Josh&Jess
Providence Police Department/Father

May 16, 2014

The Young family is remembering wonderful son, Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr. (Jai) - We shall never forget. He is in our thoughts and prayers each and everyday. Fourteen years have passed. His legacy lives on through all of us. We will love and miss him each and everyday "Always and Forever". RIP son. May 19, 1970 - January 28, 2000. xoxo

Cornel, Amy, Joshua, and Jessica

Retired Major Cornel Young - Father
Providence Police Department

January 28, 2014

It's unfortunate what has happend, but glad to see that there are officers that care of the safety of others. You were and will be remembered as an officer that wanted nothing but safety for citizens. Thankyou and god bless you and your family.

Andrew Estrada
Mission Hills Criminal Justice Academy

May 16, 2013

Cornell, You are the epitome of what I think an officer is. You are brave and you truly care about us. I am so sorry we lost you.

I met your parents, recently. They are beautiful people. I can see how they raised a caring and dedicated man. They are keeping your memory alive.

Please rest in peace. You and your family are in my thoughts and my heart forever.

Rebecca Y. Davis, Sister, Orlando, FL
Constable Brian Bachmann; EOW: 8/13/2012
Constable Brazos County Precinct 1, TX

February 24, 2013

The Young Family is thinking of Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr. (May 19, 1970 - January 28, 2000) Providence Police Department who died in the line of duty. 13 Years have passed, but we can never forget him. He was a wonderful son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin, and friend. He had a great love for his family and loved helping others. The Young family will always and forever miss him...we shall never forget his sacrifice...he forever lives on through us. We honor his memory by giving back to others through the Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr. Scholarship Fund by giving scholarships to students in their junior year in the Providence High Schools. Students interested should speak with their Guidance Counselors. Application requirements can be obtained through the Rhode Island Foundation by going to Cornel Young, Jr. Scholarship Fund. His memory lives on through us. God bless everyone and continue to love one another as God loves us. ♥♥

(Ret. Major) Cornel Young and Amy Young
Father (retired from PPD) and Stepmother

January 28, 2013

Rest in Peace my brother.

William Molis, Jr. retired Lieutenant
Norwich, Connecticut Police Department

January 6, 2013

Our Son, Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr. May 19, 1970 - January 28, 2000

During National Police Memorial Week, May 13 - 19, 2012, the Young family will be remembering our son, Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr., Providence Police Department, who died in the line of duty January 28, 2000. Police week is a very sentimental time for us because Police Memorial Week always falls around our son's birthday, May 19th. Although it has been 12 years since his passing, we shall never forget him and the sacrifice he made trying to help others. We will remember and honor all officers who died in the line of duty for they are our HEROES. We are honored that a school was named the Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr. Elementary School, murals have been painted near the school, and a memorial wall has been placed at the Providence Police Complex with all officers who have died in the line of duty. Our son's legacy lives on forever by giving back to others. We pay tribute to him and all officers each year at the Candlight Vigil at the Police Officers Hall of Fame in Titusville, Florida. We are so proud that we established the Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr. Scholarship Fund through the Rhode Island Foundation twelve years ago and have given out a total of 43 in 2011 and will be giving out more scholarships in June of 2012. His memory lives on through all of us. We shall never forget him. Forever loved.

Cornel Young, Sr., retired Major, PPD
Amy, Joshua, and Jessica xoxo

Cornel Young, Sr., Retired Major, PPD

May 17, 2012

Today, January 28, 2012, is a difficult day for the Young family. It is the day, 12 years ago, that our son, Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr. (Jai to us), Providence Police Department, was killed in the line of duty. We think about him and miss him everyday. His memory and legacy will live on for many years through all of us who loved him. We celebrate his life and all he accomplished in his 29 years on earth by giving back to others. We opened the Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr. Scholarship Fund through the RI Foundation, 1 Union Station, Providence, RI in his memory 12 years ago and have given out 43 scholarships to students. In 2012 we hope to give out 4 more scholarships to students in Providence, RI bringing our total to 47. Donations can be made annually to the Foundation. We are so proud and grateful for the love and generosity given through the years. Giving is a gift of LOVE and we thank you.

Cornel Young, Sr. retired Major, PPD
Amy, Joshua, & Jessica, Family

January 28, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 12th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered. .

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I hold your family in my heart's embrace today and commend them for creating your legacy of scholarships for deserving students in your community.

.Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 28, 2012

They say if you love something let it go
if it comes back, it loves you too

What happens when you let something or someone go and they never have the chance to return?

They have memories of loveing you
that come out of the blue!

Again today I find myself thinking of you
remembering the times we spent together
wishing I never said my parting words to you.
Did they seal your fate?
I will never know...............

Did I love you?
Yes I did!

All I know is I could'nt be with you, knowing there was a possibility of loosing you, nor could I ask you to give up your dream so I did what i thought would be best for both of us and ran as far and as fast as I could from you.

I know you thought I would have a change of heart and thats why you called nearly everyday for weeks after and later asked about me every chance you got.

Running from you is something I will always regret............

I'm sorry I broke your heart!

I wish you were here today because I have grown up and relized a few years with you would have better than none at all.

Would I have come back?

I miss you Jia

a Friend of Jia's
one who is missing you

October 21, 2011

I just came upon this website and wanted to make it known that the efforts of Sergeant Cornel Young Jr. and the rest of the Providence Police department do not and will never go unnoticed! When I lived in Rhode Island I had the honor to meet Sergeant Young and still am a friend of the family today!

May god always be with you and thanks for everything you did Sergeant Young!

Washington Park Citizen
Friend of the family

June 29, 2010

Rest in peace brother.

FOS, Ysleta Texas Station
United States Border Patrol

January 28, 2010

As we reflect on the month of January 2010, we think about our son, Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr., "Jai" known to us, and the 10th Anniversary since he passed away in the line of duty on January 28, 2000. His legacy lives on through us. This year, we will be giving out four more Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr. Scholarships through the Rhode Island Foundation in June, 2010 to students in the Providence School system enabling them to continue their dreams of going to college. This brings our total to 40 scholarships given out thus far. We were very proud of our son, Jai, and we want his legacy to live on by giving back to others. You also can keep his legacy alive by donating to the Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr. Scholarship Fund through the Rhode Island Foundation, One Union Station, Providence, RI 02903. Thank you all for your continued love and support.

We continue to pray that GOD continues to give us strength and peace to get through each and everyday. Not a day goes by that we do not think of him and the wonderful memories we shared together as a family. We love and miss him so....we shall never forget him....his legacy lives within our hearts always and forever.

"We Love You Jai"

Cornel and Amy Young
Joshua and Jessica Young

Cornel Young, Sr., Amy, Joshua & Jessica
Father and StepMom, Brother and Sister

January 28, 2010

9 years ago today, but I know time hasn't diminished your memory. May God
continue to heal and bless those you left behind. Thanks for your commitment
to serve, Cornel.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA


January 28, 2009

I just learned of Sgt. Cornel Young while taking a "Racial Profiling Course". I just want to express my condolences to the family and to say that Sgt. Young did not die in vain. He is a hero and the epitome of what a police officer stands for, and this was done by him sacrificing his life for the safety of someone else. Maybe we all can learn from this unfortunate incident.

Dallas County District Attorney's Office

July 15, 2008

We just wanted to express how much we love and miss our son, Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr. Not a day goes by that we do not think about him. We continue to cherish the wonderful memories we had as a family. On May 19, 2008, we remember his birthday and celebrate his life. We will continue to celebrate and honor him. His legacy will live on through the Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr. Scholarship Fund established through the RI Foundation in the year 2000. As we celebrate his eighth year anniversary, we will be giving out four more scholarships to students going to college, totaling 32 scholarships given thus far. We are proud to know that our son's legacy will live on by giving back to others for many years to come.


Cornel, Amy, Joshua, and Jessica

Major Cornel Young, Sr. (retired)

May 18, 2008

My Family is from Rhode Island,and as an EMT in The Bronx,
I work closley with The NYPD, and other Law Enforcement
Agencies in NYC. On behalf of Brothers and Sisters on The FDNY and NYPD; I would like to say Mistakes especially
when it comes to making split secound decisions can be easly
made in "our line of work" weather it be PD, FIRE, OR EMS.
It's not supposed to happen,but it happens. To conclude I
would like to wish The Family of Sgt.Cornel and
The Providence PD Our Prayers and Condolences. Thank You for
Your Services to My Family in Providence


March 20, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 25, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 24, 2008

Cornel and Amy we are so sorry to find out about your loss, our hearts goes out to your family. Amy or Cornel please contact us by e-mail would like to talk with you.

Love Edith & Your God Son Cornel.

Edith & Cornel
Friend of Parents

January 5, 2008

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