Viewers learn that the ex-con, who was released from prison at the beginning of the series, used to be an exceptional student and came close to attending a magnet school in Pasadena. He had plans to go to college and culinary school, but ultimately gave up that dream to protect his younger brother Cesar. 

Now, Spooky is feared for his quiet, calculating nature and violent tendencies. “I know [he comes] off as a very mean and thuggy kind of guy but I think it all comes out of love for [Cesar] and I hope that people will see that,” Julio said in a 2018 interview.

“There are a lot of people doing a lot of things because they are struggling, because they have loved ones and they can’t get a job and they can’t support them the ‘right way,’ so I think it’s very important for people to see people push through it and deal with what they have to do and hopefully overcome it.”

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