Crime

17-year-old Fresno boy who was shot in the head dies, multiple friends say

FRESNO, California - The 17-year-old San Joaquin Memorial student who was in critical condition after he was shot in the head during a robbery has died, multiple friends of the victim confirmed to us Thursday.

The sad story has touched community as members of the public hoped and prayed for his recovery.

Nicolas Kauls was shot in the head by a suspect who tried to rob him in the Fig Garden area on Sunday night, authorities said.

San Joaquin Memorial Principal Tom Spencer sent out an email statement to make the announcement as well:

I am deeply saddened to have to share with you that our student and friend, Nicholas Kauls, died this morning after a valiant effort on his part, and the entire medical team at Community Regional Medical Center. The past three days have been an emotional journey and very difficult for many members of our SJM family, but most particularly for his mother, members of his extended family, and the students who were present during this tragic incident.

Related: A GoFundMe was setup for the family of Nicolas. Click here to donate.

"He's just a fantastic kid. He's every coach's dream. He comes out every day. He works hard, willing to do whatever it takes," said Randy Prescott, varsity soccer head coach at San Joaquin Memorial High School.

"He's just a good boy. Just a really nice, well rounded child. Mom did everything for him," track coach Valerie Lopes said Monday. "I have no words because it's a shock and I really wish the best for him. I pray he pulls through."

"I never would have imagined something like this would happen to my friends and him. especially him," Jordan Mather said Tuesday -- Nick's childhood friend. "All the memories I have with him and memories I could have made with him. But I can't now."

Crime Stoppers raised the reward Wednesday for information leading to an arrested in this case. The reward stands at $3,000. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867. Callers will remain anonymous.


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