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San Jose Police Out In Force For Hell’s Angel Member’s Funeral

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Steve Tausan (San Jose Mercury News)

SAN JOSE (AP) — San Jose police were out in force as Hells Angel member Steve Tausan was being laid to rest at the same San Jose cemetery where he was killed during a funeral for a leader of the group.

The 52-year-old Tausan was fatally shot when a fight broke out during a funeral for Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew at San Jose’s Oak Hill Memorial Park cemetery on Oct. 15.

Pettigrew, who was the leader of the gang’s San Jose chapter, was slain during a brawl with a rival biker gang in a Nevada casino on Sept. 23.

The memorial for Tausan began with services at a funeral home, followed by a noisy procession of motorcycles to the cemetery.

Though the funeral of Pettigrew drew close to 3,000 bikers, the funeral for Tausan, which was by invitation only, was much smaller.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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