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December 07, 2006

Valentin Elizalde

This is really very weird, the Mexican singer Valentin Elizalde has been killed while leaving a concert in Mexico:

The singer, 27-year-old Valentin Elizalde, was killed about 20 minutes after performing at a local fair. Elizalde was a mainstay of the accordion-based norteƱo music variously known as Banda or grupero and also was known by the nickname "the Golden Rooster."

According to media reports, two vehicles chased Elizalde's black Suburban as he left the concert and opened fire with automatic weapons as dozens of witnesses looked on.

As many as 70 bullet cartridges were found scattered on the street around Elizalde's car. According to media reports, Elizalde was hit as many as eight times.

Elizalde often toured the United States and recorded several albums for Universal Music. Among his biggest hits were songs including "Vete Ya," "Ebrio de Amor" and "Soy Asi."

Why might be an interesting question:

He also wrote lyrics honoring one of Mexico's most notorious drug lords, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. Last year, he sang one of his narcocorridos, ballads honoring the exploits of drug dealers, to a crowd of more than 3,000 convicts at the Puente Grande prison in the central state of Jalisco.

Hhhm. I guess glorifying drug dealers can be just as dangerous as actually being one then?

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