Chris Yung honored at Bristow vigil

Hundreds gathered in Bristow Tuesday night to remember Officer Chris Yung, who was killed in the line of duty Monday. Photo: Jay Korff

It was a heartbreaking night in Prince William County, just 24 hours after a police officer lost his life in the line of duty.

Hundreds came together to honor the life of Officer Chris Yung, a motorcycle officer who was struck and killed.

The deadly accident happened Monday afternoon at the intersection of Nokesville Road and Piper Lane in Bristow.

Mournful police officers, the citizens they serve and the victim’s family gathered on a bone-chilling night to grieve over the sudden loss of Officer Yung. He was known for his generous spirit and broad smile. Some say he also had a signature laugh.

Only a day earlier, just feet from the scene of Tuesday night’s vigil, a minivan pulled in front of Officer Yung, who was responding to a separate accident with his lights and sirens blaring. The collision sparked a fire that engulfed both vehicles, killing the 35-year-old husband and father of three.

“Chris literally laid his life down because of his calling,” says Gary Caruthers.

But there was one Prince William County Police officer in the crowd of so many whose hurt resonates the deepest.

“He was taken too soon,” says Dale Yung, his brother.

Chris Yung was Officer Dale Yung’s older brother, his mentor and like any sibling, so much more.

“Those are big shoes, boots to fill. He was my best friend,” says Dale.

They raised their candles for a public servant who had a servant’s heart.

Officer Dale Yung and his brother Brian also erected a cross near the crash site that asks Chris to please watch over Dale each shift. You get the sense that he already has.