Pedro Nieto
Pedro Nieto

Update: UTSA staffer dies Sunday after shooting incident

(Updated: Dec. 11, 2008, 4:30 p.m.)--The UTSA community is mourning the loss of Pedro Nieto, a UTSA housekeeping building attendant, who died tragically after midnight Saturday. The operator of a taco stand at Nassau Street and West Avenue, Nieto was shot by two men late Saturday, Dec. 6. The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the death a homicide. Nieto is survived by Sofia Nieto, also a UTSA housekeeping building attendant, and two sons, ages 20 and 22.

  • To provide support for the Nieto family, an account has been established at Frost Bank. Donations can be made at any Frost Financial Center, including the branch in the University Center at the UTSA 1604 Campus. Donations should be made payable to the "Pedro A. Nieto Memorial Fund." Donations can be mailed to: Pedro A. Nieto Memorial Fund, Bank-By-Mail Department, Frost Bank, P.O. Box 2919, San Antonio, TX 78219.

The UTSA facilities office reports that Nieto's son, Pedro Nieto, and Nieto's sister-in-law, Leonor Hernandez, were very moved and expressed their thanks to the UTSA community for coming together to establish the memorial fund to help support Sofia Nieto and her family in this time of need. Leonor Hernandez works in the UTSA facilities department with her sister, Sofia Nieto. The family has asked that the memorial service not be publicized.

Nieto began working at UTSA in January in Facility Services. Besides working at UTSA, Nieto operated his own taco business and worked part-time at Taco Cabana.

His supervisor, Sonia Saenz, described him as quiet, hard working and always willing to learn. Co-workers remembered that he often made them laugh and always had a smile and a good word for everybody. Nieto would have lunch every day at the John Peace Library Building with his wife. He frequently told others that he had been "in love with his wife since the age of 19."

"Pedro was a gentle, giving individual who was an extremely hard-working and loving family man, and there are no words that can adequately describe this terrible loss his family must now endure," said David Riker, UTSA associate vice president for facilities. "Pedro and his wife Sofia have worked at the university for just under one year and have become part of the extended housekeeping and facilities family."

Counselors from the Employee Assistance Program are available to talk with any UTSA employee. They can be reached at 1-866-EAP-2400.

According to the San Antonio Express-News (Dec. 7), San Antonio Police Lt. Matthew Podwika said Saturday that few details were available about the shooting, which occurred just before 11 p.m. Podwika said Nieto was at his taco truck, which sat in a parking lot, when it appears he was approached by two teens who shot him once in the chest.

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