The “undisputed queen of Tejano music,” Selena Quintanilla, was murdered on March 31, 1995, by Yolanda Saldívar, a devotee who claimed to be her closest admirer.
Selena, who was 23 years old, was headed toward revolutionizing the music business when she passed away.
Selena, the first Tejano artist to win a Grammy, had already developed a loyal following that was able to sell out her Houston Astrodome gigs three years in a row.
Selena was in the midst of making her first album in the English language, which was expected to increase her appeal even further. Let’s find out the reason behind her murder.
Who was Yolanda Salvidar?
Following a Selena concert, Yolanda Saldivar, a former nurse, was elected president of the fan club.
Abraham Quintanilla, Selena’s father, accepted her request to create a fan club.
Later on, she was tasked with managing Selena’s apparel stores, and she grew closer to Selena and her family.
Despite the fact that Saldívar led the fan club for four years, during which time it amassed over 1,500 members, concerns over her leadership began to arise when members started reaching out to Abraham regarding payment difficulties. It was when he fired her that Saldivar grew violent.
Who is Selena?
American singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (April 16, 1971 – March 31, 1995) was born in Spain.
Her talents in music and fashion earned her the title of “Queen of Tejano Music,” and she became one of the most well-known Mexican-American performers of the late 20th century.
The “Greatest Latino Artists of All Time” list published by Billboard magazine in 2020 ranked her third based on the charts for Latin albums and Latin songs. Because of her wardrobe choices, she was dubbed the “Tejano Madonna” by media sources.
She is recognized as one of the greatest Latin musicians of all time and is credited with bringing the Tejano genre to a wider audience.
The youngest of the Quintanilla siblings, she made her music debut with Selena y Los Dinos, a group that also featured her older siblings, A.B. and Suzette Quintanilla.
She received a lot of flak and was turned down for bookings at Tejano music events throughout Texas in the 1980s for performing this predominantly masculine music style.
She did, however, become more well-known after winning the Tejano Music Award for Female Vocalist of the Year nine times in a row in 1987.
Her brother took over as her primary music producer and songwriter in 1989, the same year she signed with EMI Latin and released her self-titled debut album.
Why did Yolanda kill Selena?
After being sacked by Selena Quintanilla and her family for embezzling business assets, Yolanda Saldivar assassinated Quintanilla.
The chief prosecutor in Saldivar’s murder prosecution, Carlos Valdez, gave an explanation of Saldivar’s motivation for killing Valdez.
“Yolanda was being fired by Selena, so Yolanda wanted to kill Selena,” he stated. Without Selena, she would not be able to exist. She also didn’t want to work for anyone else if she wasn’t employed by Selena.
Employees at the shop told Selena’s father, Abraham, in 1995 that Saldívar had taken more than $60,000 from the business.
He investigated the matter and was persuaded that Saldivar was embezzling money.
She was approached by Abraham, who promptly fired her from all of her Selena franchise-related responsibilities.
The singer was instructed to meet Selena at a motel to exchange the recordings, but Saldivar still wanted money documentation from Selena.
Saldivar allegedly told Selena she had been sexually abused in Mexico in an attempt to prolong the exchange of documents, which caused her to keep postponing their delivery.
Finally, the two went back to the motel, where Saldivar gave Selena the paperwork. However, just as Selena turned to leave the room, Saldivar took out a pistol and shot the singer in the back.
Saldivar and Selena raced for rescue toward the motel lobby. After being admitted to the hospital, the well-known singer passed away from blood loss.
Where is Yolanda now?
Saldivar is incarcerated for life in a women’s jail in Texas after being found guilty of first-degree murder.
Saldivar threatened to commit suicide after a 9.5-hour confrontation with the police before being taken into custody.
Saldivar entered a not guilty plea, stating that she intended to shoot herself. However, a jury found Saldivar guilty in less than three hours.
She was found guilty of first-degree murder on October 24, 1995, and given a life sentence. Saldivar is presently incarcerated at the Texas women’s jail in Gatesville.