Steve Tausan Funeral Peaceful in San Jose

Funeral violence free in San Jose.

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    Hells Angels leader buried peacefully.

     Police were out in force as Hells Angel member Steve Tausan was laid to rest at the same Northern California cemetery where he was killed during a funeral for a leader of the group.       

    Tausan, 52, was shot and killed 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, 51, 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 Saturday with services at a funeral home, followed by a noisy procession of motorcycles to the cemetery.

     Pettigrew's funeral drew close to 3,000 bikers. Tausan's service, an invitation-only event, was much smaller and more peaceful.       

    Extra police were on duty and the cemetery was closed to the public.

    "It was completely peaceful, with no reports of any disturbances or violence,'' said San Jose police spokesman Jose Garcia.       

    Meanwhile, Steve Ruiz, the suspect in Tausan's death, remains on the loose.       

    Police stormed a home in Stockton last week in a futile search for Ruiz, only to find that he was not inside. Investigators think that Ruiz is traveling with his girlfriend, Christel Renee Trujillo, 42, also known as Christel Renee Ferguson.