Texas Singer Found Shot To Death

MISSION (April 25, 2013)--Jesus "Chuy" Quintanilla, a South Texas singer well known for his ballads, including some about the exploits of Mexican drug cartels, was found dead early Thursday, authorities said.

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.

He was lying beside his vehicle.

Quintanilla's family filed a missing person report Thursday morning after investigators were already on the scene.

Quintanilla's family last had contact with the singer 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.