Former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez and his wife, Maria Robles, are in San Diego today to lend support to their son, Esteban, who was arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder.
The LA Times is reporting that the police are investigating a possible gang link with Esteban Nuñez and the other young men arrested in the stabbing.
Fabian Nuñez issued the following statement: “This is a very difficult and painful experience for every family involved. Maria and I love our children very much. We are confident our son Esteban will be cleared of the charges he is facing. We will continue to fully cooperate with all law enforcement officials and have faith in our system of justice. We ask that the media respect our family’s privacy as the process moves forward.”
I’m still shocked that Fabian Nuñez would allow his child to have a myspace such as the one he does and even allow him to perpetuate this “gangsta” mentality. If you notice on the myspace, Esteban Nuñez has posters of Scarface, Boyz N the Hood, Paid In Full, Gang Related, and 2Pac. It seems like he’s trying to embrace a thug’s life. When he was at Damien High School, a noted Catholic boy’s school in LA County, he said that the club he was in was “ur mom in bed.” If there was ever a reason for a parent to patrol their kid’s on-line activities, this is it.
Seneca, who sometimes contributes to this blog, recently told me that we Latinos often settle for the lowest common denominator too quickly. When I read about tragedies like this, I have to concur. Esteban Nuñez has lived a life that many kids will never get to experience with access to resources, education, etc. What is it about the gang life that appeals so much to Latino youth, even ones coming from upper incomes?
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Nuñez and wife in Sacramento airport today 12/03/08