Boise woman to honor slain Idaho State Police trooper in Unity Tour

A Boise woman whose police officer brother died in the line of duty will join a 300-mile ride to the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial in memory of slain Idaho State Police Trooper Linda Huff, ISP announced Monday.

Idaho State Police will gather at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Idaho Peace Officer Memorial in Meridian to meet Toshi Kempkes and give her a send-off for the national ride, which is set to begin this weekend.

Kempkes' ride honors Huff, a Coeur d'Alene-based trooper who was shot and killed in the line of duty on June 17, 1998. She also rides in memory of her brother, Oakland Police Sgt. Dan Sakai, and three other Oakland officers who were killed March 21, 2009.

Huff, 33, was shot 17 times in the parking lot behind ISP headquarters in Coeur d’Alene. Her assailant was found guilty of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Kempke has joined the Police Unity Tour bike ride each May since 2010. The tour, established in 1997, aims to raise awareness of officers who have died in the line of duty and raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum. Its motto is "We ride for those who died."

This year's ride starts in East Hanover, N.J., on Saturday and will finish Tuesday at the national memorial in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about the Unity Tour and how to donate



Read Linda Huff’s memorial on the Idaho Peace Officer Memorial page