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Esteban Nunez: Good Boy or Gangbanger?


That's the question explored by Latinopoliticsblog.com (from the "barrio to D.C."). Since former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez's son Esteban and four friends got pickedup last week for allegedly stabbing a 22-year-old college student to death in San Diego, his Myspace "EsTeBaN" has predictably disappeared from cyberspace. However, Latinopoliticsblog.com purportedly saved some of the more scandalous pics for readers, asking them to decide if the photos of 19-year-old Esteban buttress the sweet praise ("I've known him since he was a little boy. He's a great kid, a good boy") he got from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the Los Angeles Times.

The photos show Esteban and his pals flashing their tats and muscular biceps, holding a knife a bit too close to a helpless cat, teens drinking beers and carousing, and a disturbing shot of someone, whose face is off-camera, poking a knife towards a mouse.

(Esteban Nunez photos from Latinopoliticsblog.com)

Latinopoliticsblog.com's anonymous blogger uses this "pictorial" from Esteban's MySpace page to warn:

"Let this be a lesson to all parents, and especially those who are public figures, monitor your children's online profiles. If your child has no shame in presenting him or herself in such a tasteless and crude manner, then you really need to rethink your role as a parent and have a heart to heart talk with your kid. These myspace pages and facebook profiles are open to the public. People post messages, pictures, and reveal their stupidity at their own risk.

If your child is under 21 and holding beer cans and liquor bottles, don't go on assuming that he's a 'good boy' or a 'great kid.' Same goes for holding knives and stabbing animals — if you are so heartless and cruel to a little animal, how far of a stretch is it to believe that the person holding a knife aimed at a small creature would hurt a human?"

The blog has garnered lots of attention, with over 60 responses thus far - some condemning the teen's actions but one commenter worrying that the "District Attorney's office in San Diego has them and will exploit them to their advantage."

You decide!