Popular New Mexico singer fatally shot in downtown Santa Fe

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SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Ernestine Romero spent her life dedicated to making music in New Mexico. Fans and fellow musicians were left stunned Thursday after finding out she was shot to death.

Romero and her husband were found dead in a parking lot in downtown Santa Fe. Police are staying tight-lipped about what happened.

When Santa Fe police showed up outside the parking lot of the State Education Department, they discovered the bodies of Ernestine and Jessie Saucedo. Police say Ernestine Saucedo was a state employee, but fans across New Mexico knew her as Ernestine Romero.

“She’s a big personality and always great to hang out with,” said fellow artist Dynette Marie.

Marie says the industry is shocked by the devastating news. This past weekend, Dynette performed alongside Ernestine at the Las Vegas Fourth of July Fiestas.

“She was there. It was normal. We performed and had a great time with the people of Las Vegas,” she said.

Ernestine’s Facebook was flooded Wednesday as she celebrated her birthday, and last week, her second wedding anniversary to Jessie. Thursday, her Facebook flooded for a different reason, messages from fans and fellow musicians mourning her death and honoring her life.

While police wouldn’t confirm if this was a murder-suicide, Santa Fe police say they are not looking for any suspects.

Romero was set to perform at the Taos Fiestas next weekend and on a “Como La Flor” cruise dedicated to Selena next year.

AlertSantaFe: The area of Don Gaspar Avenue and West De Varags Street is closed due to police activity. Please avoid the area and seek alternative route

Posted by Santa Fe Police Department on Thursday, July 11, 2019

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