My kids ask me why are those candles, that picture and a balloon on our street

An open conversation concerning the murder on Cackling Dr, March 2012

As we were riding back home on our bikes, my ten and seven year old children wondered why there was a photo of a man, some candles, flowers and a balloon on our street. The items are next to a fire hydrant, and directly across the street from the house where the shooter was. I really didn't know how to answer them. I try to be truthful with them, but to tell them the guy in the picture was murdered here, seemed a bit much for them to handle.

I avoided the question as best I could in an effort to protect them from the reality of the situation. Of course this was a memorial to Mr. Gadiel Nunez, father of six children, shot while delivering newspapers on my street. This occured on March 21, 2012 and no arrests have been made. There was video footage of the murder from a home surveillance camera and numerous witinesses, but here we are four months later with no arrests. The Suisun Chief of Police told us arrests would be coming soon, several months ago. I contacted him and was told there was a log jam at the state investigative level.

I urge everyone to write their representatives and tell them it is not acceptable to allow murder evidence to become backlogged. It seems ridiculous to have to suggest this, but murder cases should be have the highest priority. Also drop a line to the Suisun City police chief and let him know you are still waiting for what he promised.

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Christina McVey October 30, 2012 at 06:43 AM
I just wanted to say thank you for your support and your concern, it has now been over 7 months and we still have no answers in Gadiels death. I was the "companion" in the car and have been trying to keep the memorial up. Due to safety concerns for myself, I cannot go every day anymore, and in fact have had to rebuild it several times due to it being destroyed on multiple occasions....but knowing that it is not in vain and his memory is being kept alive makes it worth it. Every day I wait for news that the man who shot at us is going to jail, and every day I go to bed knowing he is still free after murdering the man I loved. The "efforts" of Suisun PD have been thoroughly disappointing and the lack of any movement in the so-called investigation is ridiculous. CM
alan January 15, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Hey Christina, I apologize for not getting back to you sooner, but I just read your reply. I thought it was Gadiel's daughter who was taking care of the memorial. May I ask what safety concerns you have? Are the thugs at that house threatening you? I've tried to support Suisun PD as much as possible, but I'm losing faith as this case lingers. Hope to hear from you soon, and please keep the memorial going.
Melissa Nunez January 18, 2013 at 03:50 AM
Hello Alan, This is Gadiel's oldest daughter Melissa. Although I do wish I was there to visit my fathers memorial, it is not any of his children that are keeping up the memorial, being as though we all live on the east coast. But I do greatly appreciate Christina doing all she can to keep his memory there. In a way, I wish i could be there to visit the site so that they can see me and see the pain and anger I go through everyday. I do also appreciate you keeping in contact with the Suisun PD, as many of us constantly are to get answers. It is going on 10 months now and it feels like we aren't getting anywhere fast, but I try to keep faith that one day we will get that call we have been waiting for. What I dont understand is that if there were so many witnesses, why wouldn't they come forward? Yeah, I know the way of the street, I live in Camden, NJ. I know the saying, "Snitches get stitches", but if they would sit and think... what if it were their son, brother, father, uncle, or cousin? They would want anyone with information to come forward and give peace and justice to the victim and family, but nobody does. They hide in fear, yet complain that the streets are dangerous and what is this world coming to. How about we stop fully putting all the responsibility on the police and come together as a community and stand up to these assholes who are ruining innocent families with their nonsense. Again thank you for all you have done and are doing.
alan January 21, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Hey Melissa, The Suisun PD has updated its website so you can know longer directly email the Chief of Police. I'm going to check in with them one more time and then start with the local news agencies. I'll try to get an another email contact, but I suggest you and the other children start contacting San Francisco and Sacramento TV news organizations letting them know the anniversary is coming up soon. You probably know how this works by now, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. If it's just me complaining, they send one email and cross it off their list. If it's 100 people, they have to write a lot more emails and they might get the point that this investigation was not acceptable and needs to continue. There was a group of people who watched this happened and know who the shooter was. Touch the right one with your story and you might get someone to offer enough info to get the case moving forward.


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