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Tri-City native who died in Central America was laid to rest in Kennewick Saturday

Tri-City native who died in Central America was laid to rest in Kennewick Saturday

KENNEWICK, Wash. – We have told you a story of a young man named Dallen Young. While traveling to central America he became ill with bacterial and viral pneumonia, and died on April 7 in Nicaragua at 21 years old.

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The Young family struggled for nearly a month to get their sons remains back to the United States.

Five weeks after his death, the family says they finally have closure as they gathered at his funeral services Saturday morning.

"Saying goodbye at the grave site will be the most emotional," Dallen's mother Donna Young said.

Dallen's mother and father say they're grateful for the love and support they've received from friends and family locally and globally, as they mourn the loss of their loving son.

“We just really do want to tell everybody thank you, the out pouring of love and support is really appreciated,” Donna said.

“We are grateful for the prayers, the well wishes and the hope,” Dallen’s father Vaughn Young added. “And for all the people who have reached out with their messages that are from the heart.”

Friends of Dallen say they'll always cherish and remember their favorite memories with Dallen.

“He’s always been a larger than life kind of person, and he’s taught me how to really live and love life,”childhood friend Brandon Dugas said.

Dallen was laid to rest in Kennewick Saturday next to his grandmother.

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