Former county contractor murdered in Panama |

Former county contractor murdered in Panama

Former Nevada County custom homebuilder Paul Nunes has been slain in Panama, according to his children and news reports.

Nunes, 64, was beaten to death in his rental home in the town of Dolega on March 29, according to his daughter, Aline Nunes, who lives in the Bay Area. Panamanian authorities are looking into the killing, she said.

Nunes’ ex-wife, Sonata Nunes, of Grass Valley, said her husband left Nevada County about one year ago for Texas due to financial problems and the lack of construction work here.

“He lost his house here to foreclosure,” Sonata Nunes said. “We were still very good friends.”

Things didn’t work well in Texas either, and Nunes lost another home there to foreclosure, his ex-wife said. He went to Panama two months ago in hopes of starting a condominium and hotel project, according to family members.

Nunes’ son, Brandon Nunes, of Sacramento, is trying to raise money to get to Panama so he can have his father cremated and his final affairs dealt with.

Anyone wanting to help should log onto Pay Pal at, get a free account and then follow instructions for sending money, Aline Nunes said.

For the full story, see Thursday’s edition of The Union.

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