Friends of slain teen react to new $18,000 Valley Crime Stoppers reward


“I just look down and he’s there.”

A design teen Jordan Mather came up with in the hospital. Now, the tattoo is permanently on his wrist, paying homage to his late friend, 17-year-old Nick Kauls.

“He was just a goofy kid, he was wild, always loved to do crazy things,” Mather said.

Kauls seen here on video, laughing with friends. His life cut short last Sunday, a gunman shooting Kauls, as Kauls attempted to run. 

“They were just good kids in the place they were supposed to be, and these criminals and cowards were looking for people to rob,” Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said. 

Monday, Mims urging the public to share clues. 

“Any little thing could be exactly the piece we need to solve these crimes,” Mims said.

Another $15,000 added to the original $3,000 reward.

Valley Crime Stoppers pitching in, too.  

“We need to get the community involved, all of our people, to get involved,” Valley Crime Stoppers President Dale Mendoza said. “So that it’d be a safer place for our families, our children.”

Fig Garden homeowners adding almost $10,000, saying the crime, hurts all.

“We open our neighborhood during Christmas Tree Lane, we, you know, it’s something that, we are a very proud neighborhood, and we’re devastated,” Fig Garden Homeowners Association member Dean Alexander said.

Mather, Kauls’s friend since elementary, agrees the reward is good news, but wishes money had nothing to do with it.

“It just sucks that we have to pay someone so much money to do the right thing.”

That $18,000 will go to whoever can provide the tip, that leads to an arrest and conviction, through Crime Stoppers. That number is 498-STOP.

Reporting in Fresno, Megan Rupe. 

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