Wednesday was supposed to be an exciting day for 17-year-old Favian Nunez as he prepared for his next-day high school graduation, but instead family members were preparing for his funeral.
Nunez was gunned down in an “unprovoked” gang killing in Wilmington, even though he was not in a gang and tried to avoid problems with gang members at school.
“This was unprovoked,” LAPD Detective David Cortez told a TV station. “These kids were just hanging out together.”
The shooting was reported shortly after midnight Tuesday in the 900 block of I Street, according to Sgt. Bradley Hearn of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Harbor Division.
The teen died at a hospital, Hearn said.
Nunez had been scheduled to graduate from Narbonne High School on Thursday, relatives said.
Cortez said the teen was with a group of friends near his home when the shooting occurred.
A male suspect wearing dark clothing exited a vehicle and walked toward the victim, police said.
The victim and his friends ran in different directions. The suspect shot multiple rounds at the victim and fled the scene in a vehicle, police said.
The teen reportedly was having trouble with gang members at his school, but did not belong to a gang, family members said.
“Some of the kids just grew up in the neighborhood, and because they have an association to other kids from growing up in the neighborhood, (that) can be misconstrued that they are gang members,” Cortez said.
Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King said the district “is deeply saddened” at the teen’s death.
“On behalf of the district, I express our deepest condolences to the student’s family and friends, and to the Narbonne High School community,” King said.
“His death is a loss to the entire L.A. Unified family. District crisis counselors and school counselors will be available at the campus to provide support to students and staff during this difficult time.”
Anyone with information on the killing was urged to call (877) LAPD-247.
There was no immediate indication the teen was any relation to former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez.
—City News Service
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