Just as highfalutin Fabian Nuñez enters private life, his son is arrested on suspicion of homicide!

December 3rd, 2008 · 16 Comments

Highfalutin Fabian Nuñez is going to need money more now than ever, as the lawyers start billing on his son’s case. A few weeks ago, I read a small news item about Esteban Nuñez, the 19 year old son of the former California Assembly Speaker, being questioned in relation to a stabbing death of a 22 year old San Diego college student, but I didn’t bother blogging about it because I figured that Papi Nuñez would make a few calls and this incident would go away (playing the role of Poppy Bush). Well, turns out… there must have been enough evidence to obviously go all the way up to the Nuñez’s Sacramento residence to arrest the younger Nuñez.

Esteban Nuñez, along with three other 19 year olds, were taken to San Diego yesterday and will be charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Allegedly, the four young men got into a fight with Luis Santos, the 22 year old SDSU student and victim, and left him after the stabbing altercation on October 4, 2008.

This arrest says a lot about highfalutin Fabian Nuñez and his priorities. Sure, his kid is innocent until proven guilty, but I wonder why the elder Nuñez has not done a better job of teaching his child to avoid this kind of conflict. I, along with other Latinos, have managed to go through life without being accused of murder. Don’t you think that having a father in a high profile public office would make you a little extra cautious?

This tragic case brings me to another point often discussed on this blog, the building of Latino leadership. If our elected officials have problems like this, it is no wonder we can’t build any lasting familial political legacies. What happened to encouraging excellence and having goals? Esteban Nuñez’s behavior, as reported, sounds more like that of a cholito or son of an old veterano homeboy instead of how one would expect a child of a regarded leader in the Latino community to act.

While I haven’t been a big fan of Fabian Nuñez over the past few years, I do feel sorry for him and his wife. Remember that at one point, Nuñez and his wife Maria Robles had divorced and then remarried (and somewhere in between Fabian dated Mirthala Salinas, ex-girlfriend of Mayor Villar). Perhaps the stress of this divorce, the demands of extensive political travel, and shopping for wine in France and lugging it back in that Louis Vuitton luggage were too much for Fabian Nuñez to handle in addition to parenting his son.

How much do you want to bet that Fabian Nuñez is calling all of his lawyer friends, judges, and contributors in the San Diego area right now trying to get a handle on this? Having observed this man, I am inclined to think that he will try to cut a deal for his son and have Esteban implicate and point fingers at the kids whose parents don’t have the kind of influence or money that he does.

Photo Credit:  Esteban Nuñez’s myspace, (Esteban on far left and solo in the photo with the black and blue t-shirt)

Tags: Crime · Fabian Núñez · Maria Robles · Mirthala Salinas

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michaelr // Dec 3, 2008 at 1:46 am

    This is every parent’s nightmare. To see one of your children run through our justice system, and the mental anguish that will affect everyone even remotely related. Of course, you should feel confident this young man, Esteban, will be treated with kid gloves, and be given every chance to distance himself from the actual crime thanks to his father’s political influence. This will be interesting to follow. However, I wonder if this is a case of “Quien es mas macho.” If that was the motive for murdering that other young man, then Esteban is just parading the stereotype we will never shake off our image. Score another big one for Hollywood/Network Television and the whole Gangster Rap music industry.

  • 2 anon // Dec 3, 2008 at 7:32 am

    did you see the other pictures in esteban’s myspace? there are some choice pictures there… he clearly was part of a gang.

  • 3 webmaster // Dec 3, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Yes, I have seen the other pictures of EsTeBaN:

    Here’s a kid who went to Damien HS and to Christian Brothers HS, and he’s completely adopted a “gangsta” mentality. It says that he was attending Cal State Los Angeles.

    In the photobucket account, there is a good pic of Esteban at what looks like his parents’ wedding with Mayor Villaraigosa. Remember that Villaraigosa was the best man at Fabian Nuñez’s wedding.

  • 4 BettyM // Dec 3, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    This is tragic for the young man and his family. By the way, most parents do their very best to raise their children to be successful and to be good citizens. In the end, it is up to the individual. There are many famous political families whose children have been in trouble with the law and/or used drugs. I’m hoping that as a parent Fabian Nunez does all he can to help his son and this help includes reaching out to everyone he is connected to!

  • 5 Anna // Dec 3, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Re: “Having observed this man, I am inclined to think that he will try to cut a deal for his son and have Esteban implicate and point fingers at the kids whose parents don’t have the kind of influence or money that he does.”

    Get real. The media will make sure that doesn’t happen. Mexicans don’t get special treatment. Even Noelle Bush went to jail for drugs.

    I saw the victim’s family on TV. His mother is white (blonde), and you can be sure she will be all over the media.

    It doesn’t matter whether Nunez is guilty or not. My prediction is that he will go to jail.

    That being said, we need leaders who have their act together. I’m tired of reading about affairs, babies out of wedlock, and dysfunctional families.

  • 6 MgF // Dec 3, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Wow. I can’t believe that neither Fabian nor his wife have put a stop to this behavior. After viewing his page, it bothers me to see the photos of “Scarface,” TuPac, and then one of his heroes~Cesar Chavez? I’m sure that his parents would be very disappointed, not to mention completely embarrassed by his behavior and actions.

    Ya know, I wonder what this kids’ state of mind is right about now? I’m sure Nunez will be calling in every favor he can, but then what? Does he really think his dad can get him off, so that he can continue hanging with his gangster buddies? The bottom line is, another young man is dead. He’ll be extremely lucky if he doesn’t go to jail, but I’m not so sure that will happen.

  • 7 soledadenmasa // Dec 3, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    MgF, he wasn’t convicted of homicide, he was arrested on suspicion of homicide, along with three other men. If this group did commit the stabbing, he very well could be just a witness, not the perpetrator of the act.

  • 8 webmaster // Dec 3, 2008 at 3:04 pm


    I don’t think MgF was implying that the Nuñez boy has been convicted. We all know that he’s a suspect. You raise a good point though — he could very well be ” just a witness.” That being said, it is harder to be “just a witness” when one embraces a persona of a gangster or leads others to believe that he or she is some how involved in “la vida loca.”

    You must remember the saying, “Dime con quien andas y te dire quien eres.”

    My question is… why was Esteban Nuñez running around with kids like this in the first place? His dad has access and the ability to open so many doors for him.

  • 9 Natalie // Dec 3, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    First Ignacio de la Fuente’s son admits to multiple counts of rape and now Fabian Nunez’s son is arrested on suspicion of murder. What are these politicians doing? Obviously their sons need their attention badly. And our image is taking another beating, of course.

  • 10 Jamal // Dec 4, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Typical Latino behavior, what’s new?

  • 11 miguel zazueta // Dec 6, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    conosco a la familia. yo pienso que como padres nos esforzamos para que nuestros hijos sean mejores mas libres, y sobre todo sean buenos ciudadanos, desgraciadamente no los preparamos para la calle y nuestros consejos de padre quedan olvidados.
    fabian nuñez es un buen hombre. que no le desea a ninguna persona el mal,estoy seguro que sufre este dolor de la persona afectada.

  • 12 Inefficiencies of LAUSD and the local Latino political machine // Dec 18, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    […] And we all know what happened to Fabian Nuñez. […]

  • 13 Richard Hawkins // Apr 2, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Fabian Nunez is a hack politician who didn’t spend the time to teach this punk how to act.

    That’s a fact.

  • 14 Eduardo // Jan 4, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    El señor Zasueta se equivoca. El acto fue tan aberrante, la conducta del joven Nuñez (según lo describen sus cómplices) tan desnaturalizada y finalmente la acción del padre por sacar a su hijo tan insensible, que demuestra que el muchacho es una version despulida de su projenitor. Si mi hijo hiciera semejante barbaridad, yo cargaría con la verguenza y la culpa y lo dejaría en prisión para que pagara (aunque sea en parte) su culpa. Tanto más agravante es el hecho que el señor Nuñez fue un altísimo funcionario de California y su acción desmerece la democracia que ayudo a promoverlo desde su humilde barrio a las altas esferas de poder. A partir de este acto del ex-governador Schwarzenegger, cualquier mocoso con plata y con padres influyentes puede hacer lo que le venga en gana sin casi tener que rendirle cuentas a nadie (siempre que no perjudique a otra persona influyente y poderosa).

  • 15 Cholo boy // May 19, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Figures another beaner shoots himself in the foot.
    What a freakin moron.

  • 16 ugh // Sep 7, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    >Nuñez’s behavior, as reported, sounds more like that of a cholito or son of an old veterano homeboy instead of how one would expect a child of a regarded leader in the Latino community to act.


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