- On March 31, 1995, rising star Selena Quintanilla Perez was killed by Yolanda Saldívar, the founding father of her fan Club. Selena was simply 23.
- Saldívar was a former nurse who stop her job to begin Selena’s fan Club, and later ran two of Selena’s boutiques in Texas.
- Today, Saldívar, 60, is serving a life sentence in prison, and was solely briefly depicted in Netflix’s Selena: The Series, the place she’s performed by Natasha Perez.
On March 31, 1995, Selena Quintanilla, the “undisputed queen of Tejano music,” was killed by Yolanda Saldívar, the woman who claimed she was her greatest fan.
On the time of her dying, 23-year-old Selena was on a trajectory to vary the music trade. The primary Tejano artist to win a Grammy, Selena had already amassed a faithful fanbase—the type that might promote out exhibits on the Houston Astrodome three years in a row. Selena was in the midst of recording her first English-language album, which was set to broaden her recognition even additional.
All that momentum—and all it meant for Latinx recording artists—got here to a horrific halt when Saldívar, then 34, shot the singer outdoors of a Days Inn in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Selena’s impression and her misplaced potential has since been explored in tribute concert events, acclaimed biopics starring Jennifer Lopez, Netflix exhibits, and investigative specials. “Her affect and relevance has solely grown by way of the generations,” Suzette Quintanilla, Selena’s sister, advised NBC.
If she have been still alive Today, Selena can be 49 years previous. And sadly, the dialog about Selena’s profession is inevitably tied up with the story of its finish. Netflix’s new present, Selena: The Series, starring Christian Serratos as Selena, solely briefly depicts Saldívar, who’s performed by Natasha Perez.
Ahead, what the series does not present about the woman accountable for the icon’s dying.
Who’s Yolanda Saldívar?
Whereas Selena was alive, Yolanda Saldívar had a fame for being her greatest fan. In actual fact, she uprooted her life for Selena.
In 1991, Saldívar based the Selena Fan Club, and finally stop her job as a nurse to run the Club full-time. In 1994, she was promoted to operating Selena’s two boutiques in Texas, basically changing into a trusted a part of Selena’s life. In response to an interview Saldívar gave with 20/20, Selena even referred to as her “mother.”
However their relationship had a darkish facet. In response to individuals who knew her, Saldívar was possessive—even obsessed—with Selena. “A woman who moved into an condominium with Yolanda found that Yolanda didn’t simply have photos of Selena on her partitions—the entire place was ‘like a shrine,'” an article in Texas Month-to-month reads.
Martin Gomez, a clothier for Selena’s boutiques, shared an workplace with Saldívar, and finally stop his job due to her unhinged conduct. “She was very vindictive. She was very possessive of Selena. She’d get, like, very offended in case you crossed her. She would play so many thoughts video games, say individuals had mentioned issues they hadn’t mentioned,” Gomez advised The Washington Put up. “So many issues would occur to the clothes I used to be engaged on. I knew that I had completed a sure piece, however I might come again from a visit to New York and the hems can be ripped out. It was very unusual.”
Quickly, prospects have been complaining about unfulfilled orders. Seems that, not solely was Saldívar mismanaging the boutiques—she was possible embezzling cash, too. Abraham Quintanilla, Selena’s father, discovered proof that Saldívar had stolen from the boutiques and fan golf equipment. The Quintanilla household confronted Saldívar about her actions on March 9. ‘I advised her that I used to be going to go to the police and make an investigation for embezzlement,’ Abraham advised UPI in 1995.
After that confrontation, Saldívar bought a revolver. And on March 31, Saldívar and Selena met up—first, to take Saldívar to the hospital. Saldívar alleged she had been the sufferer of sexual assault throughout a visit to Monterrey, Mexico. Then, the pair returned to the Days Inn, the place Saldívar promised to offer Selena lacking monetary records.
Whereas in Saldívar’s room, Selena was shot within the decrease proper shoulder; her primary artery was severed. Selena fled the room, with Saldívar operating behind her. She named Saldívar as her assailant earlier than going to the hospital, the place she was pronounced lifeless on arrival.
Saldívar was arrested following a nine-and-a-half hour standoff with police. “I didn’t imply to do it. I didn’t imply to kill anyone,” she mentioned, whereas holding a gun to her head, per the L.A. Occasions.
Saldívar still asserts that she shot Selena by chance.
To this present day, Saldívar maintains that capturing Selena was an accident. “She advised me: ‘Yolanda, I don’t need you to kill your self.’ She opened the door. Once I advised her to shut it, the gun went off,” Saldivar mentioned whereas talking to police investigators, per the L.A. Occasions. Saldívar repeated the story throughout her interview with 20/20 records.
Saldívar pled not responsible throughout her trial in October 1995, however the jury felt in any other case–possible agreeing with Abraham, who believed his daughter was killed in against the law of ardour. “It was no accident,” he mentioned on Univsion’s Primer Impacto. “It was a second of rage as a result of she was being fired.”
After deliberating for 2 hours, the 12-person jury convicted Saldívar of first-degree homicide.
Today, Saldívar is in prison.
Saldívar, 60, is presently serving her life sentence on the Mountain View Unit, a most safety ladies’s prison in Gatesville, TX. She’ll be eligible for parole in 2025.
“In relation to my household and I, we don’t care in the event that they launch her at present,” Abraham advised Primer Impacto. “They will let her go. Nothing will carry my daughter again.”
She’s briefly portrayed in Selena: The Series.
Selena: The Series is Netflix’s new present about Selena’s legacy. The primary six episodes are set within the province of Selena’s childhood, again when she was the centerpiece of an more and more well-liked household band, Selena y Los Dinos.
Within the first season’s ultimate episode, Abraham (Ricardo Chavira) will get a name from a lady named Yolanda (Natasha Perez), pleading to run the fan Club. The household assents. Little do they know the position she’d play of their lives. The suspenseful music within the background, still, lends the interplay an plain sense of dread.