A local mother is doing everything she can to distance her young son from an infamous Albuquerque murder suspect.
“My instant thought was, ‘Wow, he has the exact same name as my son,'” Elizabeth Paz said.
Nine-year-old Fabian Gonzales has lived with his foster mom, Elizabeth Paz, since he was 2-years-old. She’s currently in the process of adopting him.
A different Fabian Gonzales is accused of helping dispose of 10-year-old Victoria Martens’ body. Paz doesn’t want anyone thinking her son has anything in common with him.
“I was in fear that later on, they would question him, ‘Is this your father?'” she said.
While the two are not related, Paz still fears sharing the name will cause problems. Fearing for her son’s future, she told Fabian about what Gonzales is accused of.
“It really hurt him and he doesn’t want any association with that name,” Paz said.
To welcome him into her own family and save him from a lifetime of questions, Paz is working to legally change Fabian’s last name to hers.
Even though Gonzales hasn’t had his day in court, Paz thinks the name is forever ruined.
“The stigma is going to be there because of the horrific thing they did to this child,” she said.
Fabian’s adoption isn’t finalized yet. Paz needs his birth mother to sign off on the change. However, there could be a problem: She is nowhere to be found.
There is still not a trial date set for Gonzales in the Martens’ murder case. He’s currently appealing the remaining charges against him.