Popular corrido singer found shot dead in South Texas

Jesus "Chuy" Quintanilla well known for nortena music and ballads

Published On: Apr 26 2013 02:46:55 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 26 2013 05:42:57 AM CDT
Jesus "Chuy" Quintanilla
MISSION, Texas -

Authorities say a South Texas singer well known for his ballads, including some about the exploits of Mexican drug cartels, has been found dead.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino says irrigation workers found the body of Jesus "Chuy" Quintanilla early Thursday in a rural road north of Mission surrounded by citrus groves.

Trevino said Quintanilla appeared to have been shot at least twice in the head. His vehicle was left beside him.

Quintanilla's family filed a missing person report Thursday morning after investigators were already on the scene. Quintanilla's family last had contact with him the previous night.

A man who would only give his name as Ramiro said he was friends with Quintanilla and said the singer was noted for his nortena music and ballads, known as corridos.