In early 1995, Selena’s (a Mexican-American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer who was called the Queen of Tejano music) family discovered that Yolanda Saldívar was embezzling money from the fan club and the boutiques (which she helped Selena run), so they fired her.
Three weeks later, Selena agreed to meet Saldívar at a Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi on the morning of March 31, 1995, to retrieve financial records Saldívar had been refusing to turn over. Saldívar once again delayed the handover by claiming she had been raped in Mexico. Selena drove Saldívar to a local hospital, where doctors found no evidence of rape.They returned to the motel, where Selena again demanded the financial papers.
Saldívar took a .38 Taurus Model 85 revolver from her purse and pointed it at the singer. Selena tried to flee, but Saldívar shot her once in the back, severing an artery. Critically wounded, Selena ran towards the lobby for help. She collapsed on the floor as the clerk called 911, with Saldívar chasing her, calling her a “bitch”. Selena died in a hospital from loss of blood at 1:05 p.m, two weeks from her 24th birthday.
Saldívar is serving a life sentence at the Mountain View Unit in Gatesville, operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. She will become eligible for parole on March 30, 2025. Due to multiple death threats from fellow Selena fan inmates, Saldívar was placed in isolation.
A movie made in partnership with Selena’s family was made in 1997 titled, “Selena” which shows Selena’s rise to fame along with her family and fellow band mates and how her and her husband fell in love.