Musician killed for his drug related lyrics
Mexican singer Valentin Elizalde was murdered on 25 November 2006 after a concert in the Mexican border town of Reynosa. His death is said to be related to his lyrics about Los Zetas, a mercenary force employed by Mexican drug cartels
The 27-year-old Mexican singer was leaving an open-air festival in Reynosa when bullets were fired at his van, killing him, his manager Mario Mendoza and driver Raymundo Ballesteros, just 20 minutes after he had performed at a local fair.
According to media reports, two vehicles chased Valentin Elizalde’s black 2007 Chevrolet Suburban as he left the concert. They opened fire with automatic weapons as dozens of witnesses looked on. As many as 70 bullet cartridges were found scattered on the street around Valentin Elizalde’s car. According to Los Angeles Times, Valentin Elizalde was hit as many as eight times. Others say 28 times.
In a 2005 Spanish-language interview with the Associated Press, Valentin Elizalde defended narcocorrido songs:
More than 2,000 people have been killed in the continuing war among competing cartels and the police over Mexico’s lucrative trade in illicit drugs, according to media reports.
Popular Norteño singer
Valentin Elizalde, nicknamed “El Gallo de Oro” (The Golden Rooster), was best known for an accordion-based style of music which is known as Norteño, Banda or Grupero. He often toured in the United States and recorded several albums for Universal Music. His biggest hits included ‘Vete Ya’, ‘Ebrio de Amor’ and ‘Soy Asi’.
Valentín Elizalde (1979–2006)
Los Angeles Times – 25 November 2006:
‘Mexican pop singer gunned down’
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