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Hells Angel member killed at San Jose funeral for fellow biker

October 15, 2011 |  7:44 pm

Hells Angel member killed at San Jose funeral for fellow biker

A Hells Angels member was fatally shot Saturday at the San Jose funeral for a fellow biker who was killed last month at a Nevada casino, police said.

Saturday's victim, whom police have not identified, was shot shortly before 1 p.m. and taken to a hospital where he died about an hour later, said San Jose police spokesman Jose Garcia. No suspect has been arrested and the shooting remains under investigation.

The shooting occurred at the funeral for Jeffrey Pettigrew, 51, president of the San Jose chapter of the Hells Angels, authorities said. The service was held at the Oak Hill Funeral Home & Memorial Park and drew an estimated 4,000 people.

Pettigrew was attending a motorcycle festival last month when he was shot four times in the back by a member of the rival Vagos motorcycle gang during a brawl at a casino in Sparks, Nev. Ernesto Manuel Gonzalez of San Jose was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Ten Vagos members were arrested earlier this month on suspicion of drug trafficking and a rash of violence during law enforcement raids throughout the Inland Empire.

Garcia said he couldn't speculate whether the San Jose shooting was related to rivalries between the motorcycle gangs.

Anticipating a large turnout, police were in the area around the cemetery as a precaution, patrolling and helping with traffic. Garcia declined to say whether police were at the funeral.

"We had no credible information suggesting there would be violence," he said.


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Photo: A melee ensued at a San Jose cemetery Saturday after shots were fired at the funeral of Jeffrey Pettigrew, president of the local chapter of the Hells Angels. Credit: Patrick Tehan / San Jose Mercury News / MCT