The musical medium has witnessed horrible crimes. Many artists have had unfortunate endings, some products of fame and others because they were in the wrong place. However, they will always be present thanks to their songs, lyrics and melodies. On this note he meets five famous Mexicans who were murdered at the height of their careers.
The “Queen of the Tex-mex” She was only 23 years old and at the peak of her career when the president of her fan club, Yolanda saldivar, ended his life on March 31, 1995.
Saldívar was in charge of managing several of Selena’s businesses, including a beauty salon and several clothing stores where the singer sold her own designs. The relationship between the singer and the ex-nurse began to break when Suspicions arose that the woman was embezzling money from the businesses.
Selena agreed to meet Saldívar at a motel in Corpus Christi to retrieve the financial records that her agent had refused to release. That day and in the middle of an argument, Yolanda took a pistol out of her bag and shot the singer.
The woman – who called Quintanilla “daughter” – was found guilty of the murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. However, he has sought several times to appeal his sentence, in 2014 he requested his release since he claimed that his health was deteriorating, but he could not verify it.
It was 3 in the morning of November 25, 2006 when Valentine Elizalde, a regional Mexican singer, his manager and his driver were shot dead in an ambush.
That day, the interpreter of “Domesticated Wolf” had performed at a fair located in Reynosa, Tamaulipas. After finishing the concert, the singer boarded a black car accompanied by his representative Mario Mendoza Grajeda, his cousin, Fausto “Tano” Elizalde and the driver, Reynaldo Ballesteros.
As he advanced a few meters, two cars blocked the way to the truck, and two men got out and fired at the vehicle. Valentín Elizalde, then 27 years old, was shot in the torso, head, legs and an arm.
Until now, the reasons for the murder are not very clear. One of the most accepted versions is that that night Valentín sang a song dedicated to Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, and this did not like the opposing group, the Gulf Cartel, who considered a lack of respect that Elizalde will interpret it in her territory.
However, recently, versions of this crime have exploded, and the most controversial is that Tano himself, the singer’s cousin, is involved in the death of “El Gallo de Oro”.
On May 15, 1992, Chalino Sanchez, also known as “The King of Corridors”He gave a presentation in Sinaloa, and halfway through his song “Alma enamorada” he received a death threat note.
After leaving the show and while riding in his truck, a group of armed people intercepted him. The men introduced themselves as policemen and said their commander wanted to speak to the composer alone. The singer of “Snows of January” did not want to put his companions at risk, so he accepted willingly and left with this group.
The next day, Chalino Sánchez’s body was found in a water channel; his wrists and ankles were tied, and he was blindfolded. He had been shot twice in the back of the head.
Marco Antonio Silva de la Barrera, better known as Tony Barrera, was a Mexican dj that became popular thanks to the group “Polymarchs”, which used audio and lighting equipment. On May 26, 1998, he was found dead in his apartment. Tony was half naked, strangled and with signs of physical and sexual violence.
At first it was thought that the murder was related to a debt, but to date the exact motive is unknown.
The body of Sergio Gomez, lead singer of the famous band K-Paz de la Sierra, was found on a highway in the state of Michoacán on December 3, 2007. His death became one of the crimes that impacted the world of grupera music in Mexico.
The tragedy happened when the singer appeared in a Morelia stadium on December 1 of that year. Gomez had been threatened in various calls so that he would not sing, but the musician ignored the warnings and only hired some security elements.
At the exit of said concert, Sergio was kidnapped along with businessmen Víctor Hugo Sánchez and Javier Rivera, who were released a few days later. However, the singer did not have the same luck, as he was assassinated.
After the crime, there was much speculation about who the singer’s murderer may have been; however, neither version could be confirmed.