Selena was an American singer, spokesperson, songwriter, model, actress, and fashion designer. She was one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the late 20th century. Popular as the ‘Queen of Tejano Music,’ Selena was a beloved artist who was killed by her friend and the former manager/president of her boutiques at the age of 23.
Selena Quintanilla –Pérez was born on April 16, 1971 in Lake Jackson, Texas. Her father name was Abraham Quintanilla and mother was Marcella Samora. Selena noticed her musical abilities when she was six years old. Selena father was a former musician. Around the age of 10, Selena became the lead singer in her family’s band.
Selena was considered the “Queen of Tejano,” a type of Mexican music that incorporated other styles, such as country & western. She was also sometimes referred to as the “Mexican Madonna” for her sexy outfits and dance moves.
At seventeen, Selena earned a high school diploma from the American School of Correspondence in Chicago.
Selena released her self-titled debut album on October 17, 1989. Selena released her second studio album, Ven Conmigo, in September 1990. The latter, a Tejano cumbia song, became one of Selena’s most successful single. A registered nurse and fan named Yolanda Saldívar asked Selena to start a fan club in San Antonio Texas. He believed the fan club would bring more exposure for the band. Yolanda soon became a close friend to Selena and the family; she was trusted and became the acting president of the fan club in 1991. She was ranked among the 20th-wealthiest Hispanic musicians who grossed the highest income in 1993. She released her fourth studio album, Amor Prohibido, in March 1994.
In 1993, Selena won a Grammy for Best Mexican-American Album for her album Live! at the 36th Grammy Awards.
Yolanda Saldívar & Selena Quintanilla:
In December 1994, the boutiques began to suffer after the number of staff for both stores had decreased.According to staff members, Saldívar often dismissed employees she disliked. Employees at the stores regularly complained about Saldívar’s behavior to Selena, who dismissed the claims, believing Saldívar would not negatively impose erratic decisions on Selena’s fashion venture. The staff later turned their attention to Selena father’s and began informing him about Saldívar’s behavior. He took the claims seriously; he told Selena to “be careful” and said Saldívar might not be a good influence. Selena dismissed her father’s inquiries because he had often distrusted people in the past. By January 1995, Selena’s fashion designer Martin Gomez, her cousin Debra Ramirez, and clients had expressed their concerns over Saldívar’s behavior and management skills.
According to Selena father, in January 1995, he began receiving telephone calls from fans who said they had paid for membership in the Selena fan club and had received nothing in return for it, and he began an investigation, and he discovered that Saldívar had embezzled more than $30,000 via forged checks from both the fan club and the boutiques. He held a meeting with Selena and Suzette on the night of March 9 at Q-Productions to confront Saldívar. He presented Saldívar with the inconsistencies about the disappeared funds. He told her that if she did not provide evidence that disproved his accusations, he would involve the local police.
Quintanilla, Jr. banned Saldívar from having any contact with Selena. However, Selena did not want to dissolve their friendship; she thought Saldívar was essential to the success of the clothing line in Mexico. Selena also wanted to keep her close because she had bank records, statements, and financial records necessary for tax preparation.
In the days before Selena’s death, Saldívar delayed handing over the bank statements and financial records by saying she had been physically and sexually assaulted in Mexico. Saldívar, along with Selena, appeared at a medical clinic on March 31, 1995, ostensibly to have Saldívar examined for an assault which she claimed happened to her in Monterrey. During that visit, Saldívar was given a brief physical examination by the clinic’s doctor, but this did not include a gynecological exam specifically done in cases of sexual assault. It was suggested by nurse Carla Anthony that Saldívar needed to have the rape exam in San Antonio for three reasons: Saldívar was a resident of San Antonio, the clinic they were currently at was in Corpus Christi, and the assault occurred in Mexico.
Afterward, Selena again met with Saldívar in her motel room at the Days Inn in Corpus Christi. At the motel, Selena demanded the financial papers. At 11:48 a.m. (CST), Saldívar got a gun from her purse and pointed it at Selena.
As Selena attempted to flee, Saldívar shot her once on the right lower shoulder, severing the subclavian artery and causing a severe loss of blood. Critically wounded, Selena ran towards the lobby, leaving a 392-foot (119 m)-long trail of blood. She collapsed on the floor as the clerk called the emergency services, with Saldívar still chasing after her and calling her a “bitch”. Before collapsing, Selena named Saldívar as her assailant and gave the number of the room where she had been shot. Meanwhile, Saldívar attempted to leave in her pickup truck. She was, however, spotted by a responding police cruiser. She surrendered after a nearly nine-and-a-half-hour standoff with police and the FBI. By that time, hundreds of fans had gathered at the scene; many wept as police took Saldívar away. Selena was dead on arrival at Corpus Christi Memorial Hospital.