Valentín Elizalde

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Valentín Elizalde
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Background information
Birth nameValentin Elizalde Valencia
Born(1979-02-01)1 February 1979
Jitonhueca, Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico [1]
Died25 November 2006(2006-11-25) (aged 27)
Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Genres Norteñas, Corridos, Banda
Occupation(s)Singer-Songwriter

Valentín Elizalde Valencia (Spanish:  [balenˈtin eliˈsalde βaˈlensja] ; 1 February 1979 – 25 November 2006) was a Mexican banda music singer. Known by the nickname "El Gallo de Oro" (The Golden Rooster), his biggest Banda hits included: "Vete Ya," "Ebrio de Amor", " Vete Con Él", "Vuelve Cariñito", "Cómo Me Duele", "Vencedor", " Mi Virgencita", and "Soy Así". [2] Some of his songs were narcocorridos eulogizing Mexican drug lords like Vicente Carrillo Fuentes. He was allegedly murdered in an ambush at the age of 27 by a member of the drug trafficking gang Los Zetas, which at that time served as the armed wing of the Gulf Cartel. [3] [4]

Banda music music genre, style of Mexican music heavy on brass and percussion

Banda is a term to designate a style of Mexican music and the musical ensemble in which wind instruments, mostly of brass and percussion, are performed.

A narcocorrido is a subgenre of the Mexican norteño-corrido music genre, traditional folk music from northern Mexico, from which several other genres have evolved. This type of music is heard and produced on both sides of the Mexico–US border. It uses a danceable, accordion-based polka as a rhythmic base.

Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, commonly referred to by his alias El Viceroy, is a Mexican suspected drug lord and former leader of the Juárez Cartel, a drug trafficking organization. The cartel is based in Chihuahua, one of the primary transportation routes for billions of dollars' worth of illegal drug shipments entering the United States from Mexico annually. He was one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords.

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Personal life

Elizalde was born in the city of Navojoa, Sonora. He then moved to Guadalajara, Jalisco and later to Guasave, Sinaloa where he, his father (also a singer), Everardo "Lalo" Elizalde, nicknamed "El Gallo" (The Rooster), and brothers resided for a few years. His father died in a car accident on the so-called "Curva de la muerte" (Curve of Death) in the city of Villa Juárez, Sonora. Elizalde's ex-wife, Blanca Vianey Durán Brambila, was murdered on June 20, 2016 in Cajeme, Sonora. [5]

Navojoa City in Sonora, Mexico

Navojoa is the fifth-largest city in the northern Mexican state of Sonora and is situated in the southern part of the state. The city is the administrative seat of Navojoa Municipality, located in the Mayo River Valley.

Sonora State of Mexico

Sonora, officially Estado Libre y Soberano de Sonora, is one of 31 states that, with Mexico City, comprise the 32 federal entities of United Mexican States. It is divided into 72 municipalities; the capital city is Hermosillo. Sonora is bordered by the states of Chihuahua to the east, Baja California to the northwest and Sinaloa to the south. To the north, it shares the U.S.–Mexico border with the states of Arizona and New Mexico, and on the west has a significant share of the coastline of the Gulf of California.

Guadalajara City in Jalisco, Mexico

Guadalajara is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Jalisco, and the seat of the municipality of Guadalajara. The city is in the central region of Jalisco in the Western-Pacific area of Mexico. With a population of 1,460,148 inhabitants, it is Mexico's second most populous municipality. The Guadalajara metropolitan area has a reported population of 5,002,466 inhabitants, making it the second most populous metropolitan area in Mexico, behind Mexico City. The municipality is the second most densely populated in Mexico, the first being Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl in the State of Mexico. It is a strong business and economic center in the Bajío region.

Career

In 2007, Elizalde was nominated posthumously for the Grammy Awards.

Murder

On November 25, 2006, Elizalde’s vehicle was gunned down shortly after leaving a concert in Reynosa, Tamaulipas. Elizalde was killed, along with his chauffeur and his assistant. [6] It is widely believed that Elizalde was killed due to his concert performance of "A Mis Enemigos", which contains lyrics believed to antagonize drug trafficking gang Los Zetas. [7] Raúl Hernández Barrón, alleged murderer of Elizalde and member of Los Zetas, was arrested on 22 March 2008, in Coatzintla, Veracruz. [4] Valentin was buried in his father's hometown Guasave, Sinaloa.

Los Zetas Mexican criminal syndicate

Los Zetas is a Mexican criminal syndicate, regarded as the most dangerous of the country's drug cartels. While primarily concerned with drug trafficking, the organization also runs profitable sex trafficking and gun running rackets. The origins of Los Zetas date back to the late 1990s, when commandos of the Mexican Army deserted their ranks and began working as the enforcement arm of the Gulf Cartel. In February 2010, Los Zetas broke away and formed their own criminal organization, rivalling the Gulf Cartel.

Guasave Place in Sinaloa, Mexico

Guasave is a city which is the seat of the homonymous municipality in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. It is located in the northwestern part of Mexico, southeast of the city of Los Mochis. It stands at 25°34′28″N108°28′14″W.

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References

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  2. Héctor Tobar, (25 November 2006). Mexican pop singer gunned down. Los Angeles Times .
  3. Manuel Roig-Franzia, Mexican Drug Cartels Leave a Bloody Trail on YouTube, The Washington Post , April 9, 2007; Page A01.
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  6. "Asesinato de Valentin Elizalde El Gallode Oro Muerte" (in Spanish). Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  7. Michael Deibert (2014). In the Shadow of Saint Death: The Gulf Cartel and the Price of America's Drug War in Mexico. p. 254. ISBN   978-0-7627-9125-5.