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Community mourns Kamehameha football standout killed by suspected drunk driver

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NANAKULI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

It was a somber Saturday in Nanakuli, as family and friends gathered at St. Rita's Catholic Church to pay their respects to 19-year-old Kaulana Werner.

"It's very overwhelming, but very heartwarming to see how much lives he's touched," said Ainahau Bajet, Kaulana's Godmother.

Some wore shirts honoring the former Kamehameha Schools football standout, who was killed by a suspected drunk driver on April 24th as he was crossing Farrington Highway, just feet from his Nanakuli home.

"We know he's loved and we know he's in a safe place right now," said Kaulana's father, Ed Werner Jr. He was there holding his son during his last moments.

"That feeling I had, I don't wish this upon anybody," Werner Jr. said. "I never got a chance to really tell him I loved him that day, but he knows I love him and he knows our whole family loved him."

That love was evident Saturday as large crowds waited patiently in long lines outside of the church to say their last goodbyes. 

Friends and family shared some of their favorite memories they had with Werner.

"I only met him two days and he let me sleep over his house," said Blake Carter, one of Kaulana's friends. "He cooked me breakfast and dinner that was smooth. He always knew how to turn negative into positive."

"He was probably one of the greatest guys I know and he was always outgoing and fun," Makoa Gaughea said, another friend. 

Kaulana's dad is happy to see all the love, but wants his son's life to be remembered as a good one.

"He's never going to be forgotten, that's for sure."

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