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New Mexico singer's death ruled murder-suicide

Brittany Costello
July 12, 2019 06:12 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Santa Fe Police Department announced Friday that the death involving a New Mexico music star is being considered a murder-suicide.

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Ernestine Romero and her husband Jessie Saucedo were found shot to death inside and SUV in Santa Fe Thursday.

Detectives say Jessie shot Ernestine twice in the chest with a semi-automatic pistol as she sat in the front seat of the vehicle.

Saucedo suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Santa Fe police.

The Santa Fe Police Department said the couple was married, but had not been living together for several weeks. 

The news has shaken the community.

Romero was a talented New Mexico artist who most recently shared her gift at the Las Vegas Fourth of July Fiestas.

“She’s sweet and kind and loving and, you know, it’s unreal,” said Melissa-Kate Sandoval, a friend of Ernestine’s. “It’s hard to believe that she's gone”

Romero’s family reacted to the tragedy on social media.

In a public post, they wrote, “We thank you for the thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time as we mourn the loss of our daughter and celebrate her extraordinary life."

Many said they will do whatever it takes to keep Romero's memory alive. They said there's just something about her music that drew people in. 

"It's a different tempo and texture, a little bit different feel," said Michael Brasher, the general manager for KANW. 

Brasher said Ernestine Romero embodied that New Mexico sound. Her fan base was only getting bigger.

"She was a force to be reckoned with," said Dynette Marie, a fellow New Mexican singer. Marie is a few years younger than Romero, and said she was inspired by her. 

Eventually, the two started performing together. They even recorded together and had a summer already booked with shows.

"It's hard," said Marie. "It's shocking to see her Saturday, and performing together as we normally would and exchanging messages back and forth. It's a shock that’s going to take I think the whole community to get over."

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