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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.

On June 6, 1996, Darlie Routier stabbed and killed her two sons, 5-year-old, Damon and 6-year-old, Devon. She claimed that an intruder broke into their house and killed the two boys. Darlie also stabbed herself and slit her own throat in an attempt to cover up the truth - that she killed the boys because of financial difficulties. Evidence showed that the crime scene was staged and the blood on her shirt showed she was standing up when her throat was slit, not lying down asleep like she claimed. Blood evidence from her shirt also showed that she had raised the knife over her  head and she plunged it into her sons.

She is currently on death row at the Mountain View Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Gatesville, Texas. She still claims her innocence.