Valentín Elizalde

Valentín Elizalde
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Background information
Birth name Valentin Elizalde Valencia
Born (1979-02-01)1 February 1979
Jitonhueca, Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico[1]
Died 25 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]

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]


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


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.


  1. ^ Evan C. Gutierrez. Valentín Elizalde at AllMusic. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  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.
  4. ^ a b "Detienen a presunto asesino de Valentín Elizalde" [Alleged murderer of Valentín Elizalde has been arrested] (in Spanish). March 26, 2008. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  5. ^ Zeta (June 20, 2016). "Ejecutan a ex pareja de Valentín Elizalde". ZETA - Libre como el viento. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  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.

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