As well as Chalino Sánchez, some bullets ended the life of Saúl Viera being at the peak of success


The young man Mexican-born singer Saúl Viera is part of the great legends of corridos, among which are also Chalino Sánchez, El Halcón de la Sierra, El As de la Sierra, Adán Sánchez and several more. Many fans of this genre of the Mexican Regional, point out that the old school corridos are the best and have no point of comparison with the current ones.

Like the Sinaloan singer and songwriter Chalino Sánchez, “El rey del corrido” (his real name was Rosalino Sánchez Félix), Saul Viera had a tragic end been on the cusp of success. nicknamed “The Sparrowhawk”son of Mexican parents, was born on February 14, 1975 in California, United States.

Saul Viera died on April 11, 1998 at the age of 23; was shot to death in the parking lot of a well-known restaurant chain in Bellflower, California. A person approached the singer, who was in the company of his girlfriend (she was not hurt). It is said that something called out to him and from one moment to another, he pulled out a pistol and fired several times at him. The murderer of “El Gavilancillo” was never found.Saúl Viera lost his life at a young age.

After the funeral, the corrido singer was entombed at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, located in Montebello, a city that is part of Los Angeles County, California. On his simple grave is a plaque that reads:

Dear son, brother and father

Saul Viera “El Gavilancillo”

Feb. 14, 1975 + Apr. 11, 1998

Do not cry for my dear family that I have not died, I only sleep, here I was never yours, I always belonged to God and he has come to take me home.The simple tomb of Saúl Viera.

The musical career of “El Gavilancillo” began when one day, in the company of some friends, they went to the famous The South Gate Vineyard in California, United States. Incited by his companions, Saúl went up on stage and sang accompanied by the band. Luckily for him, there was Don Abel Orozco, owner of Parral and Discos Linda, who at that time was looking for a Chalino Sánchez-style singer, who had already died (shot to death in his native Culiacán, Sinaloa).

Later, Don Abel hired him and a month later, Saúl Viera recorded his first album. He became one of the stars of the Parral Night Club singing corridos. However, it was the norteño song “Querido amigo” that gave him great success, as well as “La piedra” and “Flor de Dalia”.

Read more: Tragic end like his father! The day Adán Sánchez died, son of Chalino Sánchez, king of the corrido

Saúl Viera was a phenomenon in Los Angeles. They filled the Parral or the Farallón; also, they sold cassettes in Las Pulgas (in Tijuana, Baja California) like hot cakes. His grave is still very visited by his faithful fans, who keep the memory of him alive through the songs he recorded.

Graduated from the Universidad de Occidente in 2010 with a degree in Communication Sciences, passionate about human journalism. After participating in the “La Oveja Negra” Talent Workshop given by the Ideas Machine, I was recruited by El Debate companies and months after graduating, I started working as a general information and police reporter. I am the proud founder of Periódico La i (where I worked as editor and reporter) in the city of Guamúchil, Sinaloa, the popular newspaper of El Debate. Two years later I became editor of the newspaper La Sirena, another of the company’s popular newspapers. Later I migrated from paper to digital, when I went to our web portal, witnessing the evolution and growth it has had. I am currently a web reporter and entertainment journalist, conducting interviews with local, national and international singers, groups and actors, I have also specialized in K-Pop and K-Dramas. In these years working in the company, I have acquired knowledge about SEO positioning in Google and Analitycs, as well as content development for social networks.


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