Olivia Romero, the mother of Ernestine Romero, took to social media to post an emotional message to fans of the singer, who was the victim of a murder-suicide near her workplace in downtown Sante Fe, New Mexico on July 11.
“By now you have heard the news about the unfortunate passing of our daughter Ernestine,” Olivia Romero wrote. “While our hearts ache at the loss of our daughter, we are grateful for the calls, messages, and visits from so many people that Ernestine impacted throughout her life.”
The award-winning singer, who celebrated her 32nd birthday on July 10, recently released her 10th album “Mi Tesoro” celebrating her 20th anniversary in the music industry.
“Ernestine was truly a superstar in every essence of the word throughout all parts of her life,” her mom continued. “She was a loving and caring daughter, sister, aunt, and friend to so many people and used her shining personality, bright smile, and amazing talent to spread love, joy, and happiness to everyone she encountered.”
Romero displayed her passion for music at the age of 3 and began her professional career at eight-years-old.
“Ernestine had an outstanding talent and passion for singing, dancing, and performing which radiated every time she took the stage or interacted with her fans,” Olivia added. “Ernestine was truly an artist of the people and took great pride in spending time with her fans before, during, and after her amazing performances. Ernestine enjoyed getting a crowd going and often involved the audience by inviting them to sing along and dance with her on stage. While her talents always shined brightly, it was Ernestine’s ability to make each fan feel special and create a truly unique interaction with each person she encountered.”
“Ernestine loved her family and friends dearly and was always quick to lend a helping land, spread joy, and make sure everyone was having a good time,” her mother wrote.
“Ernestine touched so many lives through her music and the outpouring of support, kind words, and tributes illustrate the truly amazing woman she was,” Olivia said. “We thank you for all the thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time as we mourn the loss of our daughter and celebrate her extraordinary life.”
Police ruled Romero’s death a murder-suicide. Detectives learned the singer’s estranged husband Jessie Saucedo shot her twice in the upper chest area with a semi-automatic pistol. Saucedo suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. Police also found one firearm at the scene.
A candlelight vigil has been scheduled for 9:00 p.m. on the west side of the New Mexico State Capitol, also known as the Roundhouse, located at 300 Don Gaspar Avenue. Funerals services for Romero will be announced soon.
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