Valentín Elizalde Valencia (Spanish: [balenˈtin eliˈsalde βaˈlensja]; 1 February 1979 – 25 November 2006) was a Regional Mexican singer. Nicknamed "El Gallo de Oro" (The Golden Rooster), he was known for his off-key style and his biggest hits included: "Vete Ya," "Ebrio de Amor", " Vete Con Él", "Vuelve Cariñito", "Cómo Me Duele", "Vencedor", " Mi Virgencita", and "Soy Así" (a cover of José José's classic song). Some of his songs were narcocorridos eulogizing Mexican drug lords like Vicente Carrillo Fuentes. He was murdered in an ambush, allegedly by members of the drug trafficking gang Los Zetas, which at that time served as the armed wing of the Gulf Cartel.
Valentín Elizalde Valencia
1 February 1979
|Died||25 November 2006 (aged 27)|
|Cause of death||Gunshot wounds|
Elizalde was born in Jitonhueca, a village near of the city of Etchojoa, 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.
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, aged 27 at the time, was killed, along with his chauffeur and his assistant. It is widely believed that Elizalde was killed due to his concert performance of the corrido, "A Mis Enemigos", which contains lyrics believed to antagonize drug trafficking gang Los Zetas. Raúl Hernández Barrón, alleged murderer of Elizalde and member of Los Zetas, was arrested on 22 March 2008, in Coatzintla, Veracruz.
- Evan C. Gutierrez. Valentín Elizalde at AllMusic. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
- Héctor Tobar, (25 November 2006). Mexican pop singer gunned down. Los Angeles Times.
- Manuel Roig-Franzia, Mexican Drug Cartels Leave a Bloody Trail on YouTube, The Washington Post, April 9, 2007; Page A01.
- "Detienen a presunto asesino de Valentín Elizalde" [Alleged murderer of Valentín Elizalde has been arrested] (in Spanish). March 26, 2008. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
- Zeta (June 20, 2016). "Ejecutan a ex pareja de Valentín Elizalde". ZETA - Libre como el viento. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
- "Asesinato de Valentin Elizalde El Gallode Oro Muerte" (in Spanish). Retrieved November 11, 2018.
- 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.