Tejano singer Ernestine Romero is the victim of a murder-suicide, police confirmed.
The Santa Fe Police Department released a statement on Thursday afternoon about the incident, “Responding officers located two adults who appear to have sustained wounds from a firearm. Based on the initial assessment, it appears the suspect in the shooting is not at large. The scene remains active at this time.”
Multiple sources have confirmed to Tejano Nation that Romero was found shot to death in a vehicle parked outside her workplace at the New Mexico Public Education Building in downtown Santa Fe. Her husband, Jesse Saucedo, was also found inside a white BMW SUV shortly after noon. Police recovered at least one firearm from inside the vehicle.
UPDATE: Officials have ruled the shooting as a murder-suicide. Detectives have learned Saucedo shot Romero twice in the upper chest area with a semi-automatic pistol. Saucedo suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. Although the couple was married they had not been living together in the same residence for several weeks. Saucedo is being identified as the suspect in the murder of Romero.
Romero recently celebrated her 20th year in the music industry with the release of the album “Mi Tesoro” in March. It was the 10th album released from the singer, who just turned 32 on Wednesday. She was a multiple New Mexico Hispano Music Awards winner and was a nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year at the Tejano Music Awards in 2016.
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