|Birth name||Valentin Elizalde Valencia|
|Born||1 February 1979|
Jitonhueca, Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico
|Died||25 November 2006 (aged 27)|
Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico
|Genres||Norteñas, Corridos, Banda|
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". 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.
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.
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. 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. Raúl Hernández Barrón, alleged murderer of Elizalde and member of Los Zetas, was arrested on 22 March 2008, in Coatzintla, Veracruz. Valentin was buried in his father's hometown Guasave, Sinaloa.
- 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.