Narco singer Chuy Quintanilla found slain north of Mission
Authorities are investigating the shooting death of narcocorrido singer whose body was found in an orchard north of Mission.
It all happened at a grapefruit orchard off Bryan Road north of FM 1925 at 6:15 a.m. Thursday.
Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office deputies were called out to the area to investigate a body found.
Sheriff Lupe Trevio told Action 4 News that the body found was that of singer Chuy Quintanilla.
Workers found Quintanilla's body in a pool of blood next to a tan Ford Explorer.
Sheriff Trevio said Quintanilla had two bullet wounds to the head.
Deputies believe that Quintanilla was killed in the orchard and left to die next to the singer's SUV.
Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace Luis Garza pronounced Quintanilla dead and ordered an autopsy to learn more about his death.
Investigators are taking tire prints in the area to get an idea of what vehicle the suspects were driving.
Family members of the slain singer were at the crime scene and told Action 4 News that Quintanilla lived in Palmview.
The family members said they last heard from him on Wednesday evening and were not able to reach him on his cell phone Wednesday night.
Family members headed to the crime scene after they heard a body was found and saw his SUV in the orchard.
Quintanilla's musical career spanned decades but included singing "corridos" or "musical narratives" describing the exploits of Gulf Cartel leaders.
Action 4 News will provide more information as it becomes available.