Valente Quintero

Valente Quintero
Born 1887
Bamopa, Badiraguato Municipality, Sinaloa
Died March 19, 1922 (aged 34-35)
Babunica, Badiraguato Municipality, Sinaloa
Buried at Bamopa
Allegiance State of Sinaloa, Mexico
Rank Sub-lieutenant

Valente Quintero (1887 March 19, 1922) was a Mexican sub-lieutenant who is remembered today for his duel against Martín Elenes on March 19, 1922. The event resulted in the death of both men, and was popularized in both corrido and film.

He participated in the maderistas forces until his triumph in Sinaloa. He was born in 1887, in the hamlet of Bamopa, in the Badiraguato Municipality.[1] Valente's widow, Martina Ortiz de Quintero, was interviewed by Francisco Gil Leyva about the events that took place on that day.[2]

Valente Quintero's life was dramatized in music and film. Songwriter Rosendo Monzón wrote the lyrics of Quintero's last moments and his death, and Antonio Aguilar portrayed him in the film Valente Quintero, which he produced and co-wrote. Singer-actress Lucha Villa has also sung the corrido of Valente Quintero.


  1. Sinagawa Montoya, Herberto. "Las 'Tranvías' de Antaño". El Occidental. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  2. "Si el mayor me las paga con plata, yo me las pago con oro" (PDF). Retrieved 7 June 2011.
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