A Selena fan holds an indication exterior the courthouse in Houston, TX, throughout Yolanda Saldívar’s 1995 homicide trial.
Even in case you’ve simply began watching Selena: The Sequence, or simply attending to know the Tejano icon’s story, you would possibly already know the way it ends: Selena Quintanilla was tragically murdered by Yolanda Saldívar, the president of her fan membership. In one of the vital devastating flip of occasions in music historical past, Selena handed away on March 31, 1995 at simply 23 years outdated after Saldívar shot her within the again. With numerous awards, worldwide fame, and a star that simply saved shining brighter and brighter, Selena was poised to turn into the primary true crossover artist in historical past, up till that fateful day. However the place is Saldívar now?
As Selena gained fame whereas she was nonetheless alive, Saldívar based the singer’s fan membership and have become near the household and internal circle, managing the icon’s boutiques and even retaining her personal set of keys to Selena’s residence. However her presence was unusual to many, with a designer at Selena’s label quitting resulting from Saldívar’s therapy, and followers complaining about their cash being stolen. This led to the Quintanilla household accusing Saldívar of embezzling cash and firing her. Simply weeks later, Selena met Saldívar at a motel in Corpus Christi, TX, to retrieve enterprise paperwork, and was tragically shot within the again by her, dying at a neighborhood hospital that day.
The taking pictures initiated a nine-hour standoff within the car parking zone with police as she threatened to kill herself. Selena’s homicide was surprising and horrifying to all, which led Saldívar to be sentenced to a most of life in jail, with no alternative for parole till March 2025. The jury deliberated for less than two hours, and Saldívar was discovered responsible of first-degree homicide. In the present day, Saldívar, now 60 years outdated, is incarcerated at Mountain View Unit, a most safety girls’s jail in Gatesville, Texas. She has misplaced many appeals to reverse her conviction and nonetheless maintains her innocence to this present day, stating she pulled the set off by chance and meant to commit suicide as an alternative.
This story of devastating obsession was analyzed by Carlos Valdez, a district choose in Nueces County, Texas who served as lead prosecutor within the homicide trial. He informed A&E Actual Crime that “Yolanda needed to kill Selena as a result of Selena was firing Yolanda,” erasing her sense of self. He continued, “[Saldívar] would not exist if she did not have Selena. And if she did not work for Selena, she did not wish to work for anyone.”
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