Santa Ana homicide detective runs youth mariachi nonprofit, providing life-enriching outlet for kids


When Santa Ana Police Department Homicide Detective Eddie Nunez’s eldest daughter, Olivia, told him she wanted to learn and play mariachi music, he did what most parents would and signed her up with a music school. However, Det. Nunez took it to a whole different level in 2015 when, in part to avoid a twice-weekly commute from his Inland Empire home, he created a nonprofit to start a school and band closer to home. Since its formation, the nonprofit H.E.R.E.N.C.I.A. Mariachi Academy has evolved into a strong enterprise that has earned local and national attention. In 2020, H.E.R.E.N.C.I.A. Mariachi Academy…

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