Community encouraged to support family of 'special guy' Detective Young

Posted: Updated:
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

One of the last buildings Detective Matt Young will visit will be in a special place he served staff and students.

Detective Young served as off-duty, security officer on the Central Christian Church campus, located at 29th and Rock Road.

"He's just such a special guy 'cause he didn't just come in and do the job," said Darren McClintock, lead past at Central Christian Church.

He continued to describe Young.

"He just exuded that care and that kindness and that desire to love and serve people. Ultimately, a lot of that came out of his faith in Christ as well because he saw Jesus as the ultimate servant and I think you can see that in the way he cared for the kids and the people he served," said McClintock.

Young started as a police officer for Emporia in 1994 and began his service with the Wichita Police Department in 2000.

In a news release, Chief Gordon Ramsay said, "WPD suffered a great loss with the passing of Detective Matt Young. Matt put up a strong fight against cancer and his smile, helpful nature, work ethic and leadership are going to be missed by everyone. We continue to keep his family, friends and colleagues in our thoughts and prayers."

On Saturday morning, Young's funeral will be held inside the worship center of Central Christian Church. The service will start at 10 a.m., and doors will open at 9:15 a.m.

"We want to come and celebrate the life that Matt had, but also celebrate that this isn't the end of his story. I know Laurie knows that and the kids know that. That doesn't mean they don't grieve. But it does mean we grieve with hope," said McClintock.

Following the funeral service, a processional route will start at 29th and Rock Road, continue north on Rock Road for about four miles, and then east on US-254. The Wichita Police Department encourages people to line the route to show support of the family.

There will be a private graveside ceremony.

The family has requested support to be made through The Honor Adversis Foundation.

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have pictures to share with us? Email them to news@kake.com.

MORE SLIDESHOWS HERE