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Selena Quintanilla-Pérez has actually gone by plenty of titles: the Queen the Tejano music, the Queen that Latin Music, the Queen the Tex-Mex, the mexican Madonna, the Chicana Elvis, the spain Marilyn Monroe, and also the Queen of corpus Christi. Yet to she family, she friends, and her millions of fans, she will forever be known by simply one name: Selena. She was on the course to coming to be one the the most famous musical artist in history and crossing end from Spanish-language music come the English-music and also bilingual market. However one that her biggest fans and most reliable confidants would be the one that would take every one of that away.



Selena together a baby v her mommy (Photo belong to: Abraham Quintanilla)Early Life

Selena was born in Lake Jackson, Texas ~ above April 16th, 1971. Her mother was Marcella Ofelia Samora and her father to be Abraham Quintanilla Jr. Her mom was of Cherokee descent and also her father was born in Mexico. The family members were Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Abraham was a previous musician through a band called Los Dinos and recognized his daughter’s musical abilities early. That said later that when she was 6 years old,

“Her timing, her pitch to be perfect. I can see it from work one.”

The Quintanilla family members opened a Tex-Mex restaurant in Lake Jackson in 1981 dubbed Papagayo’s (Parrots).

The family members formed a new band, Selena y Los Dinos (or “Selena and also the Guys”), through Selena’s dad Abraham together the manager, she sister Suzette ~ above drums, her brothers A.B. On bass, and ten-year-old Selena as the singer. They played at neighborhood events, family parties, quinceaneras, and also street corners, slowly structure an audience.

Papagayos close up door the year ~ its opening during the recession. The family was evicted and also were required to relocate to body Christi, Texas. Now there was added pressure for the tape to do well. As the tape became more popular, Abraham pulled Selena the end of institution in eighth grade. Teachers had actually been growing concerned as Selena arrived on school exhausted, and one even threatened come report she to the Texas plank of Education, however Abraham told castle off, the an initial incident of this story that mirrors Abraham’s… solid personality. Later, Selena earn a high school degree from the American institution of Correspondence, a special college for artists wherein classes can be bring away remotely, and also she took correspondence process from Pacific Western college in business administration.



Selena performing as a child

Abraham addressed up a bus that the family named “Big Bertha” the they supplied as a tour bus. Throughout their first year, they were still broke, singing just for food and also gasoline. In 1984, the band videotaped their first album called Selena y Los Dinos. Selena to be interested in recording music in English yet Abraham encouraged her to emphasis on Tejano music, or “Tex-Mex” music, that combined Mexican and also American influence and also some Czech, Polish, and also German waltz and also polka-style accordion music. She learned Spanish phonetically with her father’s guidance.

In 1985, Selena make her very first appearance top top the Spanish-language Johnny Canales display on the radio, i m sorry she came back onto numerous times. But the band still struggled to publication shows since Tejano music was conquered by men, and also the band had actually a young, female command singer.

Selena and her family outside of huge BerthaDiscovery

Musician Rudy Trevino has been stated to have “discovered” Selena. He started the Tejano Music Awards, which Selena later won woman Vocalist of the Year because that ten years in a row. Selena exit five more albums between 1986 and also 1988. In 1989, Selena performed at the Tejano Music Awards and two different record companies determined they wanted to sign her: EMI Latin Records, a brand new company, and also Sony Music Latin. Regardless of the reality that Sony offered double the money because that a signing fee, Abraham chose the band would authorize with EMI, together the label’s very first musicians.

Selena tape-recorded several English-language crossover songs for the heads of the label, but they chose she didn’t have a big enough fanbase to crossover yet. In 1989, Selena released she debut album, referred to as Selena, which do it to number seven on the Billboard regional Mexican Albums chart. The same year, she became a Coca-Cola spokeswoman. Selena’s career was taking off.


Also in 1989, a brand-new musician joined the band together a guitarist, chris Pérez. He remained in a long-distance relationship with a mrs in mountain Antonio, but started to develop feelings for Selena. That said later of Selena,

Perez and Selena

“I’m a shy human being by nature, and also there was simply something around her the she had the ability to pull me out.”

He initially tried to street himself from her to store the relationship professional, yet they ultimately confessed their shared feelings because that each other as a Pizza Hut. They determined to hide your relationship, properly assuming that Abraham would certainly not approve.


In 1990, Selena exit her second studio album, Ven Conmigo, and also three singles off of the album. The song “Baila Esta Cumbia” indigenous the album came to be extremely popular, particularly in Mexico.

Selena’s 2nd studio album cover

In 1991, Selena taped a duet with Salvadoran singer Alvaro Torres called “Buenos Amigos.” This was Selena’s first number one single and the music video was nominated in 2 categories at the Billboard Music Awards. After ~ this, Selena’s music began to gain more attention ~ above Tejano and Mexican radio train station that had initially dismissed her.

In 1992, Selena’s sister Suzette captured Selena and Chris Pérez flirting and told Abraham. Abraham pulled Pérez turn off the bus and also told the the connection was over, yet the pair continued their connection in secret. Abraham captured them again and flew right into a rage, calling Pérez a “cancer in family.” he fired Pérez and threatened to disband the team if the relationship continued. Well, the relationship continued and on April 2nd, 1992, Selena and also Pérez eloped, hoping the it would pressure Abraham to expropriate them. The media broke the news in ~ hours. Selena and her father’s relationship was strained for numerous months as she and Pérez moved in together.

Selena and Perez

Although Abraham said he thought Pérez might be a machista, sort that a hyper-masculine chauvinist, Abraham eventually apologized to the couple and invite Pérez earlier to the band. Perez later on said,

“It type of ache his pride and also his ego to uncover out that he to be the critical to know. As soon as things obtained tense and also things were claimed by him, the hurt me the he was saying it, however I didn’t let it gain to me because I knew deep down, the knew the sort of person I was.”

A month after she marriage, Selena exit her 3rd studio album, Entre a Mi Mundo, which charted number one top top the Billboard regional Mexican Album chart because that eight months. The hit 10x platinum in the U.S. And also was the first Tejano female album to offer over 300,000 copies.

She go on a Mexico-US border push tour, which Selena and also EMI records were very nervous about, as her Spanish to be limited, and Mexican-American Tejanos were not constantly warmly embraced by the mexico people. It was a also American to it is in Mexican, too Mexican to be American situation.

But the public and the push loved Selena and also she started holding substantial concerts afterwards, including the biggest Tejano performance in Mexico through 70,000 fans. This album additionally had her signature tune “Como la Flor.” by 1994, Entre a Mi Mundo had come to be the second best-selling regional Mexican album of all time.

Her following album Live! Was taped at a free concert in 1993 in corpus Christi. The album won finest Mexican/American Album at the 1994 Grammy Awards and Album the the Year in ~ the Billboard Latin Music Awards.


In 1994, Selena additionally began broadening into brand-new projects external of music. She guest starred in several Mexican telenovelas. Climate she began a major project: her own line of apparel called Selena Etc, i beg your pardon were controlled by Yolanda Saldivar. She opened two boutiques to start, one in body Christi and also one in mountain Antonio, and also both had beauty salons attached. The opened year, Selena hosted two fashion shows and also played a concert after one of them to north up publicity. There to be plans to increase the keep to Puerto Rico and also Mexico and also Selena earn over five million dollars over the opening year.

Selena holding a Grammy

Her dad Abraham concentrated on maintaining Selena’s photo clean and also family-friendly, and rejected alcohol sponsorships or anything else he reputed to be as well adult. Together she grew older, and also became bolder and more creative with her fashion, she became a prize of beauty together well, but maintained the she walk not want to include any sexual themes in her music due to the fact that she knew that she to be a duty model come young children.

Author Matt Meier composed that Selena had a “contagious energy… warmth, passion, and also sexuality” and had the “down-to-Earth persona the the healthy young girl next door.”

Selena’s sister said that she was often sewing she outfits backstage seconds before she went the end to perform and also she said that she fashion was inspired by Paula Abdul, Janet Jackson, and Madonna. Her revealing garments often upset she father, that would leaving photoshoots, and also strained her partnership with the Jehovah’s Witnesses. After her death, several celebrities consisting of Lourdes Portillo and Sandra Cisneros carried up pertains to that Selena’s sexualized picture was not a an excellent role design for young people, an especially Latina girls.

Selena’s next album Amor Prohibido hit the top of the charts again and also became among the peak selling albums in the United says in 1995. It additionally had a major influence top top popularizing the Tejano genre. During and after she Amor Prohibido tour, Selena got the press nickname “Queen the Tejano music” and also the album was included to several lists of the best music of all time.

The tour increased internationally to Argentina, the Dominican Republic, and main America. EMI determined that they need to start cultivating Selena as an English-language popular music singer. She started preparing her crossover album and the exact same year, she cameo-ed in the movie Don Juan DeMarco with Marlon Brando and Johnny Depp. She was sponsored by Coca-Cola and also AT&T.

Yolanda Saldivar

Now stop talk around Yolanda Saldivar.

Saldivar was a nurse from san Antonio that was a pan of Tejano music. She originally was no a fan of Selena, because she felt the she repetitively swept the Tejano music awards when Saldivar wanted other artists come win. However in 1991, Saldivar took her nephew to a Selena concert and also quickly became a superfan. She claimed that she got the idea to start a Selena pan club after she failed come find any kind of Selena merch or souvenirs after the concert. She called and also wrote come Abraham asking for permission to begin a fan club because that Selena.

Abraham agreed, and she came to be full-time pan club chairman in 1991, quitting her nursing project caring because that terminal cancer patients. Saldivar would certainly collect $22 indigenous fans and send lock a T-shirt, to exclude, interviews and also fact sheets about the band, other assorted products, and updates around future events. She signed up over 8,000 pan to the society by 1994.

Initially, Saldivar only interacted with Selena v her family, however they ultimately met in ~ the finish of 1991. Saldivar soon ended up being a close family friend and also confidant together well. Reporter Maria Celeste Arrarás, said of Saldivar,

“If Selena would say, ‘Jump!’, would certainly jump three times.”

Saldivar really lived as much as the position of main fan society president and also then take it it to another level. Follow to civilization who knew her, Saldivar wasn’t just a friend, she to be obsessed through Selena. An write-up in Texas Monthly reported,

“A woman who moved right into an apartment v Yolanda found that Yolanda didn’t just have actually pictures of Selena on her wall surfaces — the whole place was ‘like a shrine.”

Selena and Saldivar

Guests claimed that her apartment to be filled with Selena posters, prayer candles, and also Selena videos the she would play because that visitors. Part boutique employees claimed that she want to “be choose Selena.”

Early in 1994, the Quintanillas made Saldivar the manager the the Selena Etc. Boutiques. She relocated from mountain Antonio to body Christi. Saldivar seemed choose a perfect candidate. She would continue to be in Texas while the family and the tape toured the country. She had successfully run the pan club. And also she was close v a family.

But quickly after this, complaints began to come in from the boutique staff that Saldivar was an overwhelming to job-related with and fired employee on a whim. They said Saldivar would put on a “nice boss” act as soon as Selena to be in but would drop the as shortly as she left. Selena dismissed this complaints, but her father thought them and warned Selena around Saldivar’s behavior. Selena didn’t take it these complaints seriously, as her father to be not exactly known together the most trusting person.

Selena’s key fashion designer, boy name Gomez, obtained into escalating fights through Yolanda. He said,

“I told Selena i was fear of Yolanda. She wouldn’t let me talk to Selena anymore. She was very possessive.”

He likewise said,

“So plenty of things would take place to the apparel I was working on. Ns knew the I had actually finished a certain piece, yet I would come ago from a pilgrimage to brand-new York and the hems would certainly be ripped out. The was very strange.”

Salivar began recording Gomez there is no him knowing and eventually convinced Selena to street herself indigenous Gomez and also focus on creating her own clothes.

In January of 1995, Selena’s cousin Debra Ramirez started working in ~ the boutiques to aid with the planned growth to Mexico, yet she quit the very same week because she did not like how Saldivar was to run things.

That same month, several much more people had come forward through complaints about Saldivar. Saldivar told interviewers in 1995 that she was practically “obsessed” through Selena. At the same time, Abraham began to hear from fans that they had actually sent in money for the Selena fan club but hadn’t received anything the they to be promised. The boutiques began to operation out that money and the employee was cut from 38 come 14 people due to the fact that Saldivar had actually fired many of them.

Abraham investigated and also found the Saldivar had embezzled end $30,000 to $60,000 indigenous the pan club and also the boutiques. She supplied the boutique credit card come rent town cars, have fancy dinners, and also buy 2 cell phones (and remember, this to be 1995.) She had actually opened a bank account in her sister’s name and also forged fan club checks.

Abraham, Suzette, and also Selena had a meeting with Saldivar where they faced her v the evidence of the embezzlement. Saldivar asserted that she had documents that might prove that she was innocent. Abraham stated that he would call the police if she couldn’t prove her innocence and banned her from see Selena again. Selena no so hasty. She claimed that Saldivar to be a vital part that the business, specifically the boutique development into Mexico, and also Saldivar also had jae won paperwork that the Quintanillas essential to retrieve.

Selena and Saldivar at an event

The day of the confrontation, Selena and also Saldivar fought on the phone and also Selena and Perez questioned how castle no much longer trusted her. Selena eliminated Saldivar’s name from the financial institution accounts and the pan club.

That week, Saldivar purchase a .38 caliber revolver and hollow allude bullets at a shooting range in mountain Antonio. Hollow point bullets, if you nothing know, are designed to expand when they hit a target, and also can be more deadly than continuous bullets. She called the gun save staff that it was to defend herself native patient’s family members who had actually threatened her during her job-related as a nurse.

On in march 13th, Saldivar wrote an main resignation and also checked into a motel in body Christi. Saldivar asked Selena because that a meeting and they booked one because that the next day in a parking lot.

Selena supposedly told Saldivar she might keep functioning on the Mexico service deals, i beg your pardon her family members said she to be planning ~ above doing till she could find someone to change Saldivar. Saldivar confirmed Selena her gun, and also Selena told her to eliminate it and also that Saldivar remained in no danger from she father’s anger. Abraham later said that he thought Saldivar may have actually killed Selena climate if Selena hadn’t claimed that.

Saldivar changed the gun and also then repurchased the on in march 27th. She asked Selena to fulfill her alone in a motel room yet fans verified up and Abraham would later say he thought there were “too numerous witnesses” the night for the killing plot.

Suzette said that on in march 25th, Selena said her that she was going come fire Saldivar “soon.”

Saldivar avoided handing end the paperwork and claimed the she had actually been attacked and also raped when on a trip to Monterrey, Mexico, which might or might not have actually happened. She had been traveling over there to start looking into the procedure of opened a Selena boutique there, so Selena may have felt partially responsible for this attack. Selena had actually met a doctor named Ricardo Martinez in 1994 who resided in Monterrey and also said he can expand she business. Reporter María Celeste Arrarás claimed that Selena had actually been travel to Monterrey under she husband’s critical name and Martinez would later on say he had lent Selena money. Their connection reportedly make Saldivar jealous and also she warned Selena the he might be a suspiciously contact.

On in march 29th, Saldivar dubbed Martinez, hysterical, and also told the she had actually been assaulted. Martinez claimed that that tried to send a motel employee to where Saldivar was remaining to inspect on her, yet she had left the room best after the call. On march 30th, Saldivar went back to Texas and also checked right into the days Inn motel in corpus Christi. She request Selena to come aid her alone however Perez came with her. Selena walk in to speak to her and also came out. As soon as the couple went home, they realized Saldivar had offered her the wrong papers. Saldivar paged Selena later on that night and also asked she to take her to the hospital. Perez told Selena not to go out that so late alone however Selena i agree to satisfy Saldivar the next day, without Perez knowing. Abraham would later on say the he thought this was likely a ploy to gain Selena alone.

Before Selena’s death, she told her friends about a recurring dream that part people think to have actually been a premonition of she death. In the dream, Selena’s favourite flower, a white rose, was thrown at her, but she couldn’t see who threw the or catch it. Then she would certainly be surrounding by white light. In a video clip of she last concert on February 26th, 1995, a fan throws a white climbed at her, which she walk not view or catch, further including to the significance for fans.

March 31st

On march 31st, Selena went v Saldivar come a clinical clinic to be examined for secual assault, yet the clinical staff said them that Saldivar needed to be check in san Antonio instead. Selena and Saldivar i agreeed to go back to Saldivar’s motel room. Approximately 10:00.m Abraham dubbed Perez to uncover out where Selena was and also Perez referred to as Selena, that told the she was “taking treatment of one last business” and then would fulfill her household at the studio. This to be the last time any type of of Selena’s loved ones would certainly speak to her. Martinez later said he had missed a contact from Selena the morning as well because he had actually been performing a surgery.

Saldivar’s hotel room after fans left tributes

They went ago to the motel in Selena’s blue Chevy pickup truck and also went right into Room 158, where Saldivar was staying. Selena request for every the financial records that Saldivar had.

Saldivar would certainly later insurance claim that she provided Selena all the records that she had and also her cellphone. But later a briefcase would certainly be uncovered in the room by police with much more papers and also another cellphone. Loud saying was heard native the room.

Saldivar ended up being enraged. She got hold of a total from she purse in ~ 11:48 a.m. Selena turned and went come leave and Saldivar shot in ~ her. Selena reduce the briefcase and also ran yet was shoot in her lower shoulder and also an artery was severed. She ongoing to run around 400 feet into the lobby that the motel, dropping her purse on the way there and collapsing in prior of the check-in desk and screaming,

“Help me! I’ve been shot!”

Saldivar chased her, screaming, calling Selena a bitch, together she lay dying on the floor. If that wasn’t sufficient to do witnesses aware that she was the killer, Selena was able to tell the employees at the front desk that Saldivar had shot her and the room number the she was staying in. She additionally yelled,

“Lock the door! She’ll shoot me again.” Selena’s critical words were, “Yolanda. 158.”

The man referred to as 911 and also said,

“We have actually a mrs ran in the lobby stated she’s to be shot. She laying ~ above the floor and there’s blood.”

A motel employee experienced Saldivar make the efforts to leaving in her pickup truck and also a police officer spotted her. He attracted his gun and also ordered her the end of she vehicle. Rather she parked and also was clogged in through police cars. Motel guests were ordered to shelter in ar in their rooms. She pointed her gun in ~ her very own temple and threatened to kill herself.

Saldivar in one interview with 20/20 after ~ the murder

A FBI dilemm Negotiation Team arrived and began negotiating v her. Agents Larry Young and also Isaac Valencia suggested that maybe the shooting had been accidental and also Saldivar agreed.

Several of Saldivar’s household members spoke to her. At hour four, Saldivar told lock the story that she had intended come shoot herself. She was crying, pointing the gun in ~ herself, and repeating,

“I can’t believe I killed my finest friend” and also “I didn’t average to carry out it. I didn’t average to death anybody.”

At hour six, she stepped out of her car, however saw an officer pointing a rifle at her and got earlier in the car. In ~ hour nine and also a half, she surrendered it s her to the police. Thousands of onlookers and fans watched together she to be taken away. The exact same day, Saldivar signed a typewritten confession.

Meanwhile, one ambulance had actually arrived on the scene within 2 minutes. Paramedics quit the bleeding and began performing CPR but they can not discover a pulse. Her veins had currently collapsed native blood loss, make it an extremely hard to insert one IV.

Selena to be rushed to the corpus Christi Memorial Hospital whereby she was found to be mind dead upon arrival at 12:00 p.m. The employee tried to save her through cardiac surgical procedure in what was later described as a “heroic effort” but her artery had actually been severed by the bullet and also she had actually lost six units that blood that they had tried to provide her. Fifty minutes right into the procedure, Selena to be pronounced dead at 1:05 p.m at age 23.

The neighborhood newspaper after the murder

An autopsy to be performed ~ above Selena just three hours after she death and also confirmed the the solitary bullet had gotten in her back, went through her chest, severing a significant artery and also tearing she lung, and also then exited she chest top top the other side. The report concluded that she had actually bled out in minutes, most likely in the lobby. Tragically, physicians said that she may have survived if the cartridge had gotten in her shoulder just one millimeter higher or reduced than it did.


Her family was obviously ruined by her death. Pérez and also Selena had actually intended on having a big, timeless wedding ceremony because that their 5th anniversary, i beg your pardon would never come. Perez ended up being a 25-year-old-widower. In 2021, the told People that

“It was traumatic, it to be the hardest point up until that allude that i had ever before had to walk through. Ns miss her face, she laughter. She was just an remarkable soul, an exceptional spirit.”

He said that it was an especially painful to have to end up the album Dreaming of girlfriend after her death.

“Them pushing play because that me to record the etc tracks and to hear her voice coming the end the speaker in the studio, it was just painful to go in and also have to create parts and also make lock sound a details way, when really inside you’re simply dying.”

A portrait of Selena

Selena’s killing was enormous breaking news. Some human being initially thought it was a dreadful prank due to the fact that the news broke the day before April Fool’s Day. An unfortunately rumor spread out that Tejano singer Emilio Navaira’s wife had murdered Selena after ~ they had actually an affair, and Navaira’s manager had to speak to into radio stations to conveniently fight the rumor.

Famous news anchor Tom Brokaw announced the death of “the mexican Madonna.” The yes, really Madonna referred to as the Quintanillas to sell her condolences, as well as Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias, and also Celia Cruz. Dozens of Tejano musician canceled their concerts out of respect. American singer Rhett Lawrence took out an ad in Billboard that said,

“Music ns heard v you was much more than music. You will be deeply missed.”

President invoice Clinton and Hillary Clinton sent out Perez a letter of condolence.

Her music was marathoned on Texas radio stations and also thousands of fans descended ~ above the city to see Selena’s house, boutiques, and the crime scene. A commemorative worry of people magazine marketed over 1 million copies, i beg your pardon an editor defined as “unheard of.” world en Espanol, Newsweek en Espanol, and also Latina newspaper all conveniently followed.

The radio station Tejano 107 and also KRIO-FM both organized candlelight vigils top top the job of the murder with over 5,000 attendees. Numerous masses were hosted for Selena and also a tribute throughout a St. Patrick’s day Catholic celebration. The next day, April 1st, 1995, a vigil was hosted in body Christi through 3,000 fans and mourners in attendance.

Selena’s funeral

A public funeral was organized the next day, v crowds lining increase for virtually a mile come pay their respects to the singer in her black casket surrounding by white roses. Before the funeral began, rumors spread out that the casket was actually empty, and also the family members opened the casket come dispel this idea ideal away, return all video and speed photography to be banned. Around 35,000 fans involved this memorial, countless bringing white roses as a tribute that was asked because that by her family.

On April 3rd, a private funeral was held with six hundred friends and family members at Seaside Memorial Park in body Christi. The household agreed to a radio broadcast of the service, i m sorry a Jehovah’s evil minister led. That quoted from 1 Corinthians 15, which claims in part,

“Listen, i tell friend a mystery: We will certainly not every sleep, yet we will certainly all it is in changed- in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, in ~ the critical trumpet….When the perishable has been apparel with the imperishable, and also the mortal with immortality, climate the saying the is written will certainly come true: “Death has actually been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? Therefore, my dear brothers and also sisters, stand firm. Allow nothing move you. Always give yourselves totally to the occupational of the Lord, since you know that your labor in the lord is no in vain.”

Selena’s family members (L come R): Abraham, Marcella, chris Perez, Suzette

A mass the day in ~ the Los Angeles sporting activities Arena, wherein Selena had actually planned to play a concert, had actually 4,000 guests, return a fee was charged for entry, which upset Abraham. A mass v 450 mourners was hosted in Spain.

Fans travel from all over the country to drive through Selena’s hometown to leave tributes and also flowers at she house, her boutiques, and also the crime scene. Police reported that after the murder, fans damaged the motel by taking shrubbery and chipping off pieces of concrete. Number of months after she death, an median of 12,000 human being were visiting she grave and the job Inn motel, which had been hastily given brand-new room numbers.

Controversial radio personality (if friend can speak to it that) Howard Stern sparked mass outrage only three work after the shooting when he said,

“This music go absolutely nothing for me. Alvin and also the chipmunks have an ext soul… Spanish world have the worst taste in music. They have no depth.”

He also played Selena’s music v gunshot sound impacts in the background. The league of joined Latin American citizens led a boycott of Stern, Texas stores pulled his items from the shelves, and Sears and McDonalds released statements condemning his behavior because of their past ties to Stern. A Texas justice of the Peace issues an arrest warrant because that Stern ~ above a charge of disorderly conduct, which triggered Stern to offer an on-air apology in Spanish, whereby he said the segment was satire and also he did not intend to reason “more anguish to her family, friends, and those who loved her.” Mexican-American singer Linda Ronstadt additionally feuded through Jay Leno and also his co-host Robin Quivers about Stern’s Selena insults top top the tonight Show.


Saldivar was lugged directly come the corpus Christi police station after she surrendered and was lugged into interrogation. She waived her best to an attorney and maintained that she had killed Selena but it to be accidental. Her bail was set at $500,000. The county jail wherein she to be being held on suicide watch was harassed with death threats versus Saldivar and there were part reports that Texas gangs had actually put out a hit versus her.

Yolanda offered a an extremely strange interview come the news present 20/20 the very same year the the death, whereby she offered her variation of the murder. Saldivar said,

go down, she got hold of my feet and also told me not to leave her and also I picked her up and told she ‘just leave. I grabbed the gun, put it to mine head, traction the point back, and I claimed ‘if you don’t leave, i’m gonna do it Selena. said me: ‘Yolanda, ns don’t want you to kill yourself.’ She opened the door. As soon as I told her to nearby it, the gun go off.”

Saldivar said that the two of them had been really close and also Selena had even called her “mom,” a reality that Selena’s household says is no true.

Saldivar in custody

Saldivar was offered a publicly defender named Douglas Tinker, also though his wife told him the he shouldn’t take the instance out of fear for their safety. The attempt was relocated from body Christi come Houston to shot and keep an impartial jury. The judge ordered that the trial not be televised to stop a “repeat that the Simpson circus.”

Saldivar’s attempt took ripe days, ending October 24th. Saldivar asserted that the shooting had actually been an accident and also she had actually actually plan to death herself.

But the jury didn’t buy it. In October the 1995, just seven months after Selena’s death, Saldivar to be convicted that first-degree murder and also sentenced to the highest feasible penalty the life v the opportunity of parole. The Houston Chronicle reported,

A mourner’s sign external the prison and a white increased in memory of Selena

“Tears, cheers, and also honking auto horns combined with the strains the Selena’s music on boom boxes exterior the Harris county Courthouse whereby a crowd of about 200 people celebrated Yolanda Saldívar’s guilty verdict Monday.”

She is up because that parole in 2025. The courts refuse appeals in 1998 and 1999. She is at this time serving she sentence in ~ Gainesville women’s jail in Texas. Follow to news reports, she safety 23 hours a job in her cell in security custody to prevent being harmed by Selena fans. In 2002, a judge ordered that the murder weapon to be destroyed and the piece scattered in the body Christi Bay, which many world disagreed with.

Saldivar said,

“They made me out to be a monster. I just want to say, ns did no kill Selena. It was an accident and also my conscience is clear.”

Abraham would later say in an interview,

“It to be no accident. It to be a minute of rage due to the fact that she to be being fired.”

When asked around the opportunity of Saldivar gift released he said,

“When it involves my family and I, we don’t care if they release her today. They can let she go. Nothing will lug my daughter back.”

A picture of Selena performing

Two weeks ~ Selena’s death, Texas governor and also future president George W. Shrub declared Selena’s birthday, April 16th, together Selena Day. He additionally said the Selena represented “the significance of southern Texas culture.”

Some Texans expressed anger the Selena Day fell on Easter, sparking arguments, which i personally think is silly considering Easter is a various day every year and I nothing think Jesus would mind sharing anyways. He was sort of all around that stuff.

Some civilization were upset that Selena’s fatality had overshadowed a fixed shooting in ~ the Walter Rossler company where five human being had to be murdered. One publication, The Monitor, received a comment that said no intelligent human being would find Selena interesting and also an editor responded,

“I expect not. That would certainly make because that a many idiots in .”

Selena continues to be a revered figure. She music was regarded as emotional, strong, and also passionate, and she successfully combined the Tejano genre with pop, R&B, country western, funk, and disco. Several of she songs, including “Si La Quieres”, “¿Qué Creías?”, “Ya Ves” and also “Ya No” stood the end as concentrating on woman empowerment.

Biographer María Celeste Arrarás explained Selena as a “sweet and also charismatic girl”, “playful onstage and also off” who “trusted everyone”. She regularly went purchase alone, also though her father to be concerned about her safety. Unfortunately, the true peril was who the Quintanillas had already welcomed right into their lives.

Selena at a charity baseball game

Selena was energetic in philanthropy during her career. She went to schools and worked v DARE to give talks about staying in school, setup goals, and avoiding alcohol and drug abuse. She sang in Washington, D.C. To celebrate the formation of the Congressional hispanic Caucus, carry out a benefit concert because that the victims of Hurricane Andrew, held a charity baseball game, one more concert come raise money because that AIDS parents. She aided out at homeless shelters and spoke the end for ladies escaping abusive relationships, and also headlined the Teach the kids festival in mountain Antonio.

Selena is remembered as one of the most influential Latin music stars of all time, and the most renowned Tejano musician of all time. Councilor Kay Bailey Hutchinson claimed that Selena was one of “the spirited women that shaped the unified States” and also The new York Times stated that she to be “arguably the most necessary Latina musician in the country, top top her way to coming to be one that the most important, period.” After her death, she stardom came to be even an ext elevated, compared to Marilyn Monroe and Madonna. After her death Billboard leader john Lannert stated that

“The Tejano market died with her.”

The crossover album that Selena was functioning on, Dreaming of You, was released in July 1995 and sold a record-breaking variety of copies, coming to be the first album by a hispanic musician come debut in ~ Number One top top the Billboard 200. It has sold over five million copies today and also is one of the best-selling Latin albums of all time in the joined States. The posthumous success of Selena has likewise been cited as a turning point the made the American public much more receptive to Latin music overall and also all the artist after her.

There were numerous tributes across the nation in the wake of Selena’s death. The year of she death, the name Selena rocketed come the optimal 100 perform of infant girl surname in the country. The heart of expect Award was developed in Selena’s honor to respect Latin artists who facilitated charitable causes. She to be honored in 2011 with a “Latin Legends” stamp from the U.S. Postal Service.

The official Selena museum was opened up in 1998 in she hometown. She’s to be inducted right into the Billboard Latin Music hall of Fame, the tough Rock Cafe hall of Fame, the Tejano Music hall of Fame.

Selena’s family members at the unveiling of her Hollywood star

She was named one that the “100 Coolest americans in History” one of the 20 most influential Texans of all time, and the fifth most significant Latin musician the the 20th century by miscellaneous media sources. In 2017, her star to be unveiled ~ above the Hollywood go of Fame through the largest crowd in walk of fame history, of virtually 5,000 fans.

The Selena structure was established to continue her charity work.

The biographical movie Selena introduced many people with the details of she life. The titular duty was originally available to mexican actress Salma Hayek, yet she turned that down. The movie started being made the very same year the singer had actually been killed, and also Hayek thought it was as well soon. 21,000 actresses auditioned in the second largest spreading search because Gone with the Wind. Puerto Rican actress Jennifer Lopez was liked instead and it ended up being her breakthrough role, launching her very own music career and also making she the greatest paid Latina actress in American history.

In 2000, a musical dubbed Selena Forever was premiered in mountain Antonio with a month-long tour and a multimillion dissension budget. For factors that i can’t seem to obtain to the bottom of, the musical never ever made it come Broadway or yes, really reached any national success, and very unfortunately there was no actors recording ever made. Selena’s band, now just dubbed Los Dinos, had a tribute concert because that the tenth anniversary of her death in 2005, which was broadcast live ~ above Univision together Selena ¡VIVE! Which ended up being the most-viewed Spanish-language television special in us history.

Mirador de La Flor

In 2015, an yearly event dubbed Fiesta de la Flor was developed in body Christi. Selena has a wax frosting at madame Tussauds, had actually a MAC makeup line, a Google doodle, a Forever 21 apparel line, and a podcast around her life and affect called Anything because that Selena if you desire something to hear to after this. This year, she was provided a posthumous lifetime achievement award in ~ the Grammys. Every year, end 30,000 people visit the life-sized monument the Selena in her hometown called Mirador de La Flor (or Lookout the the Flower).

Perez vs. The Quintanillas

Selena’s widower, chris Pérez, released a book in 2012 referred to as To Selena, through Love, i beg your pardon he hoped to make into a TV series. But he was sue by his former father-in-law that maintains exclusive rights to her life story and estate. Instead, Abraham, A.B., and Suzette developed a collection with Netflix that has actually just finished yet it has actually mixed reviews. Critics and fans have complained the the collection is much more focused on her father and brother’s stories 보다 the really star. Pérez isn’t introduced until late into the story and he has actually commented that he to be confused and disappointed the no one reached out come him indigenous the Netflix team around his perspective, specifically for events where he and also Selena were the only civilization there. That said,

“But, i mean, it’s an quickly explainable thing, in that if she and also I were the just ones present, who perspective room you gonna believe: The person that was there or the human being that’s gonna speak they were told something?”

“Selena y Los Dinos” as portrayed in the Netflix show

The producer of the initial Selena movie are now suing Abraham and also Netflix over breaking a address them around exclusive legal rights to a television show.

An whole subculture the Selena fans, described as Selenidad, has arisen in the years after she death and they’ve had a rocky connection with Abraham. Selena tribute acts and impersonators have actually reported being intimidated with legitimate action. One impersonator, Monica Trevino, said Rolling Stone,

“It left me yes, really sad, because she’s my idol. It to be taken care of, us spoke v them v my agent, but it simply made me yes, really sad. I understand their involves when people use she actual logo. Yet I wish they to be a little an ext open to just how everyone honors her and also pays tribute to her.”

Even apparent fan accounts on social media have actually reported that they are always blocked by A.B., return this might be explained that he simply doesn’t desire this consistent reminder.

Abraham said reporters ~ above the 20th anniversary the her death that he was confused and also frustrated through the variety of tribute occasions the family has viewed over the years. He said,

“It’s crazy. It grow every work with occasions everywhere, but we’re not organizing them. Our family members never gained together yearly on the job of her murder, because there’s nothing come celebrate, and also this year won’t be the exception. Us remember our daughter every solitary day. Us don’t need a one-of-a-kind day come remember her.”

This feeling also may be influenced by the truth that the Quintanilla family members are Jehovah’s Witnesses, who carry out not usually celebrate birthdays or holidays.

Pérez in a current photograph

Pérez trust he to be legally exploited by the Quintanillas in his instant time that grief, together he would certainly have had the civil liberties to Selena’s estate as her widower due to the fact that she had actually no will, however he was convinced to authorize an commitment to provide the Quintanillas the legal rights to she story, likeness, and also name. He likewise has express hurt over fans that have actually blamed Selena’s family and team for she death, saying,

“I heard fans that room like, ‘How can we let that happen?’ which now. You think the I would certainly let anything take place to her? Seriously? none of us thought that the was even a possibility. On the road, we had security for this reason I never really feared for her safety, specifically the method it taken place to her. The fact that one of her friends go that, it’s simply unbelievable.”

However, that has declared that he is glad he was able to provide his view in his book and is happy to view the celebrations of her life. He said,

simply keeps gaining bigger and bigger and also I think it’s an impressive thing and I’m proud to it is in attached come it in the method that i am… ns proud the her. Proud of whatever that she’s to be able to accomplish.”

And about her existence as a symbol for the Mexican-American community, that said,

“I think it’s because of what she represents, which is solid morals, family, hard work ethic, you know, she to be a great person all the means around, and we currently know exactly how talented she was. So, if that’s how civilization want to usage her picture or treat it, i mean, ns think it’s a an excellent thing.”

Perez remarried in 2001 and had two children, and also divorced in 2008.

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Abraham claimed in 2020,

“When Selena passed away, ns told my household that ns was going to try to save her memory alive with her music. Twenty-five years later, ns think we, together a family, accomplished that.”


Selena maintains a presence in the lives and also memories of she fans. An inspiration for their music and also fashion, a place of honor on countless family’s ofrendas, a role-model because that confidence, beauty, talent, and bright personality, and an instance of a solid woman who broke barriers and brought her social background right into the nationwide spotlight to end up being not only the “Mexican Madonna” or the “Chicana Elvis”, but someone who made her own name one that will certainly live on together not simply one the the most renowned Latin or Tejano artist of all time, however one that the many beloved musical artist of all time. Selena.