Was Bob Morales Ritchie Valens' brother?

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Bob Morales is Ritchie Valens' half-brother. Their younger siblings are Connie Lemos, Irma Norton and Mario Ramirez.

When 17-year-old Ritchie Valens died in the 1959 plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper, his brother Bob was 21, his sister Irma was 8, his sister Connie was 7 and his brother Mario was 18 months old.

Ritchie Valens' mother Concha formed Hi-Tone Five Corp. with Ritchie's siblings for licensing the rights to Ritchie Valens' music. She died in 1987, not long after the Ritchie Valens biographical movie "La Bamba" came out. In the movie, Esai Morales plays Bob Morales, Lou Diamond Phillips plays Ritchie Valens and Rosanna DeSoto plays their mother. Concha also has a small cameo role in the film.

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