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Exotic cars used in funeral procession for murdered Fresno teen who loved them

FRESNO, Calif. - Family, friends and community members said goodbye to 17-year-old Nicholas Kauls.

The funeral was held Tuesday at Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.

Kauls died on June 28, four days after he was shot during an attempted armed robbery in the Old Fig Garden neighborhood.

On Friday, 22-year-old Joseph Espinoza was charged in Kauls murder.

After the funeral family and friends wanted to celebrate and honor the passion Kauls had for exotic cars with a special tribute.

There were several exotic cars were parked outside of church, from Ferrari's to Ford GT's.

All awaiting the departure of the hearse that would carry Kauls' casket.

"He was a big car enthusiast and just loved exotic cars," Kevin Mosesian, owner of exotic super car driving experience, said.

That love, Mosesian said is why even though he didn't know the teen, he was honored to bring out the best of the best.

"They mentioned they didn't even see the cars going by they knew what it was just by the sound," he said.

During eulogies at the funeral, Kauls friends reminisced about a few of his favorites, such as Audi R8s and GT-Rs.

Kauls death hit home for many in the community, including our law enforcement.

"The church was full today with support and love," Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, said.

Since the shooting many have rallied behind Kauls' mother, raising money for medical expenses and thousands more in reward money to catch his killer.

Mims sent a message to other suspects still on the run.

"For the rest of your life if you're responsible this and we don't catch you, keep looking over your shoulder because we're not going to stop," she said.

As hundreds exited the church, many hugs were shared, saying goodbye and sending the beloved teen off with a fleet of cars they knew he would love.

Earlier on Tuesday, the County of Board Supervisors adjourned their meeting early this day in honor of teen.

San Joaquin Memorial High School also plans to start a scholarship in Kauls name.


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