The trying life of Marisela Vallejos Felix, wife of assassinated Mexican singer, Chalino Sánchez

Born in 1970, Marisela Vallejos Felix is known as the wife of Chalino Sánchez, a famous Mexican singer and songwriter. The only reason for Marisela’s fame is her celebrity husband. She had been his wife for almost nine years before he died in Mexico by assassination in 1992. Sanchez was shot at his final performance in Sinaloa, Mexico. 

Marisela and Chalino’s union produced two children: a son and a daughter, but only one of them is still living. As it turns out, the loss of her husband wasn’t going to be the only one Marisela would have to live with. Tragedy struck again 12 years after Chalino’s death when their son died in a car accident in 2004. Adan, who followed his father’s footsteps career-wise, was a vocalist before his death. He was only 24 years old.

They say when life throws you lemons, make lemonade. No one ever told us what to make when life throws us something worse than that, like bile. The life of Marisela Vallejos Felix has been plagued with so much pain and grief, and her strength is more than worthy of praise. In the following paragraphs, we will take a closer look at her life and learn all there is to know. Firstly, here are ten facts about Marisela.

10 facts about Marisela Vallejos Felix

  1. Marisela Vallejos Felix’s husband, Chalino Sánchez was murdered on 16 May 1992 after his performance at his Rey Del Corrido concert in Sinaloa, Mexico.
  2. When Chalino Sánchez was 15 years old, his sister was raped by an unnamed wealthy and powerful man who was notorious and dangerous.
  3. Marisela’s husband’s music wasn’t quite popular in his time but broke into the mainstream after his demise. She continues to receive royalties on his music to date.
  4. When he first started making music, he stocked tapes at local swap meets, bakeries, and various other businesses across South Central Los Angeles.
  5. Chalino also served with another Mexican immigrant, Pedro Rivera, who had set up a small recording studio in Long Beach, California.
  6. Marisela and Chalino met in Los Angeles though his cousin Rosalba. They started dating not long after, got married in 1984, and were together till his death in 1992.
  7. Marisela Vallejos Felix was already pregnant with their son Adan when they got married. Their son, Adan Sánchez, was born in 1984, and their daughter, Cynthia Sánchez, was born shortly after.
  8. As of the time of writing this, Marisela Vallejos Felix does not have a social media presence. She has led a quiet life and is away from the spotlight.
  9. In 2018, after over 30 years of trying, Marisela Vallejos Felix finally became an American citizen.
  10. According to many sources, she currently has an estimated net worth of $3.2 million. As earlier mentioned, she continues to receive royalties from her late husband’s music.

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Chalino Sánchez wife

Marisela Vallejos and Chalino Sánchez met through Chalino’s cousins, Rosalba and Juana Sánchez when the singer was working in LA. They hit it off and started seeing each other shortly after. Several sources claim the duo dated for quite a while before proceeding to exchange vows.

Marisela Vallejos Felix bio: Chalino Sánchez wife

In 1984, Marisela and Chalino tied the knot in the presence of family and friends. At the time, she was already pregnant with their first child, Adan. Their union was blessed with two children, as Adan soon got a younger sibling in Cynthia Sánchez.

Theirs is said to have been a happy union, cut short only by the tragic death of Chalino in 1992. By then, they had been together for nine years.

Chalino Sánchez (Wiki) – husband

Born Rosalino Sánchez Félix on 30 August 1960, Chalino was a Mexican singer and songwriter. He specialised in the genres regional Mexican and Corrido. Chalino’s son Adán Chalino Sánchez was born 14 April 1984 and was also a Regional Mexican singer in his own right. The youngest of 7 children, Chalino grew up poor and lived a difficult life. His sister, Juana, called him a curious and mischievous child who always dreamed about becoming a singer.

In 1975, at the age of 15, his sister was raped by “Chapo” Perez, a rich and dangerous man. Two years later, in 1977, a 17-year-old Chalino saw the man at a party and allegedly shot him in revenge, killing him. After committing this act, Sanchez left for Tijuana with his gun and a Jesús Malverde chain. In Tijuana, he worked as a “coyote” (an immigrant smuggler), bringing immigrants into the United States. Later that year, Chalino himself crossed into the United States as an undocumented migrant worker.

Marisela Vallejos Felix bio: Chalino Sánchez wife

He began in Oregon and later moved to Los Angeles to live with his aunt in Inglewood, California. He washed dishes, sold cars, and, according to his friends, dealt small quantities of marijuana and cocaine. Chalino also helped his older brother, Armando, run an immigrant-smuggling operation. In 1984, Armando was shot and killed, which inspired Chalino to compose his first corrido or ballad.

Chalino Sánchez music career

Not long after the death of his elder brother, Chalino got arrested. He began to compose songs for his fellow inmates and anyone that had a story worth telling. He made money through this and also got several gifts, including guns. A small group known as “Los Cuatro de la Frontera” recommended Chalino to go to a recording studio in Los Angeles.

In 1989, Chalino recorded his first cassette of 15 songs and sold them out of his car trunk. He used to stock tapes at local swap meets, bakeries, and various other businesses across South Central Los Angeles. Later on, Chalino met Pedro Rivera, who had set up a small recording studio called Cintas Acuario in California. There, upcoming musicians were allowed to record at a low price.

Together, Pedro and Chalino pioneered a new type of music, and they thrived. Though a forbidden sound, their music had its audience and Chalino was often booked for shows.

Chalino Sánchez death

On 15 May 1992, Chalino performed at the Salon Bugambilias, Culiacán. On stage, he was given a note telling him he would die after he was done performing. Though he was visibly nervous, Chalino still performed and gave it everything he had, knowing he was about to die. After midnight, Chalino drove away from the club with two of his brothers, a cousin, and several young women. They were pulled over by a group of armed men in Chevrolet Suburbans. They showed state police ID cards and told Chalino their commandant wanted to see him. Chalino agreed and got into one of their cars while the others followed behind.

At 6 am on 16 May 1992, two farmers found Chalino’s body by an irrigation canal near Highway 15, near the neighbourhood of Los Laureles, Culiacán. He was blindfolded, and his wrists had rope marks. He had been shot in the back of the head.

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Adán Sánchez – son

Born 14 April, 1984, Adán Santos Sánchez Vallejo was a Mexican American singer. He specialized in the genres regional Mexican and corrido. Sanchez performed with Adán Chalino Sánchez in honour of his famous father, who was killed in 1992.

Adán was eight years old when his father was kidnapped and killed in the Mexican state of Sinaloa in 1992. He took up singing, adopting his father nickname, “Chalino”, and gained a strong local fan base among Mexican-American teenagers. In 1994, at the age of 10, he recorded his first full-length album, entitled “Soy el Hijo de Chalino”.

On 20 March 2004, Sánchez gave a concert and made history when he became the youngest headliner and first Regional-Mexican recording artist to sell out the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

Adán was on a promotional road tour through his father’s home state of Sinaloa, Mexico, when he met with his untimely death. He was on his way to a concert in Tuxpan, Nayarit, Mexico, on the highway between Rosario and Escuinapa when one of his car’s tires blew.

The driver lost control, and the vehicle rolled into a ditch. He sustained severe head injuries and was found dead at the scene. More than 10,000 fans filled the streets outside the Los Angeles church where his funeral mass was held.

Marisela Vallejos Felix now

Marisela has lived a private and quiet life since the demise of her husband. She wasn’t heard from again until 2004, when she lost her son. In 2018 however, Marisela officially became a US citizen after 30 years of waiting. Prior to that, she had been asked to put her taxes in order to facilitate her citizenship.

Speaking on the event, she had this to say: “They also asked me to have my taxes in order and to verify my stay in the country because I was entering and leaving because of my mother’s illness. I had to show how many times I had been in and out, and for how long. I felt liberated and I feel like now I can express myself.”

Marisela Vallejos Felix net worth

As earlier stated, Marisela has a net worth of $3.2 million. While what she does for a living is unknown, she receives royalties from both her late husband and son’s music. That accounts for a significant part of her net worth.


Marisela has had a hard life. She has experienced loss more than once, but she has kept on and kept the legacies of her husband and son alive. As far as we know, she did not remarry after Chalino’s death either. More than anything, we hope that the rest of her years are lived in peace and as much bliss as possible.

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