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Hundreds honor the life of Louis Scherzer, who was killed outside of KCK bar

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Filiberto Espinoza's mugshot. (Wyandotte County) Filiberto Espinoza's mugshot. (Wyandotte County)

Following his death, there was an amazing show of support for Louis Scherzer, who was killed just outside of a bar at Sixth and Central streets. 

Hundreds came out to pay tribute to the Bishop Ward alum and BPU employee, who was killed by a stranger outside the back door of Chicago's. 

At least 600 people stood under the lights on the turf where Louis Scherzer played football more than 10 years ago.

His family entered solemnly to greet them.

After a moment of silence, fireworks were ignited. 

The display lasted at least five minutes and rivaled those at metro-wide events. 

It was a fitting way to pay tribute to a man who was rarely silent and almost always a firecracker - ready with a joke in an instant.

"He was the life of the party all the time," said Danny Dumiveich, a friend of the victim. "He always had a big smile and a big bear hug for everybody."

Former Kansas State Representative Doug Spangler said Scherzer always helped out when they were needed. 

"The thing that we all laugh about, it's called the Louis minute," Spangler said. "If you ever needed help with anything Louis was always there for you in a minute."

The crowd of supporters carried flashlights as they walked to his family home to light the way and pay tribute to his unusual affinity for them.

As his family reached the porch, they were awestruck by the line of people still snaking up the street.

"It's a blessing to have all you people here to share your love with our son, who shared his love with everybody," said Harry Scherzer, the victim's father. 

Efrain Gonzalez, 18, was charged with first-degree murder in connection to the crime. He was held on a $1.5 million bond. 

Filiberto Espinoza, 19, was charged on Dec. 15 with premeditated first-degree murder by the Wyandotte County District Attorney. He is being held on a $1.5 million bond.

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