COOLIDGE — A Coolidge family is mourning the death of their brother and father after Talon Nunez was killed May 31 by a woman driving a stolen vehicle.
“He was a good person. He was always looking out for others,” his sister Tierany Nunez said.
Tierany said she was the first person to arrive at the scene near the intersection of State Routes 87 and 187 after Ivanny Torres, 25, who was allegedly driving a stolen vehicle, failed to stop for a stop sign and struck Talon, who was riding his motorcycle to work at CoreCivic’s Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy.
Tierany said Torres tried to steal her vehicle and she had to fight the woman off while trying to tend to her brother. Torres later stole the vehicle of another CoreCivic employee who stopped to help. She was chased by another CoreCivic employee who was able to stop Torres’ vehicle and hold her until Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers took her into custody.
Talon Nunez died of his injuries at the scene.
Tierany said the incident has hit her family hard.
“We’re all torn up. We can’t believe this happened,” she said.
Tierany said working in corrections is a family affair. She works at CoreCivic as do her mother, stepfather and another brother.
“Talon wanted to be the next one to do it,” she said.
He had been working at the Red Rock facility for the last three years and was promoted to correctional sergeant in 2020.
“He loved motorcycles and he loved being the father of his three kids and his fiancée,” she said. He also made it a point to go to every family get-together. He loved being with his family and he liked target practice with his guns.”
He also liked helping others, Tierany said. “He made sure if someone needed something or needed help that he was there. It didn’t matter who or where.”
“He would just light up a room,” she said. “He loved talking to people.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family at https://gofund.me/471c000e.