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Selena, a Rising "Mexican Madonna"

Selena Quintanilla-Perez was not a poet nor an actress in her thirties or forties. With over eight albums and numerous singles to her credit since 1984, she was a household name in Mexico and much of Latin America and was on the verge of an unprecedented breakthrough to the English-speaking pop audience. The world was to have learned of Selena during a planned nation-wide US tour that would have catapulted the 23-year-old Tejano rock star into an international celebrity. Touted as the "Latina version of Madonna," Selena, who, like Madonna, chose to be known and promoted under a single name, was on the verge of realising a long-cherished dream.

Unfortunately, as things turned out, the first time most of us heard of this young Latino star was when we read her obituary. On March 31, 1995, Selena was shot in the back outside the Days Inn Hotel in Corpus Christi. She was taken to Memorial Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 1:05 P.M. Medical Examiner Dr. Lloyd White said Selena died of severe blood loss after a bullet struck the back of her right shoulder and hit an artery.

Police arrested 34-year-old Yolanda Saldivar of San Antonio, the former president of Selena's fan club, after a 9 1/2-hour standoff. She had been fired from her after Selena's family accused her of embezzling more than $30,000 from them. After the murder, Saldivar sat in a red pickup truck in the hotel parking lot, holding police at bay for hours before surrendering. At times, she pointed a gun to her head and threatened to commit suicide. Saldivar finally surrendered after police wrestled her to the ground and handcuffed her. Saldivar was convicted October 23, 1995, of first degree murder by a Harris County jury and sentenced to life in prison. She will not be eligible for parole until 2030.

How came it to pass that Selena was murdered by Yolanda Saldivar?

Selena knew and trusted her killer

HERES THE STORY 26 March 1995, was

the day Yolanda returned to the gun shop and re-
purchased the gun she would fatefully use a few days later.During 27-28
March 1995, Yolanda Saldivar travelled to Monterrey in
Mexico, where Selena was well-known and popular, supposedly on
business for Selena. She was supposedly going there to raise investment
funds for Selena's planned fashion expansion into Mexico; but over these
two days she emptied some of Selena's bank accounts, and at one bank a
teller became suspicious and called Selena about the transaction.
Selena called Yolanda and told her to bring the bank statements, her
mobile (cell) phone and also a sample of perfume which was being made
for Selena's fashion line, and which Yolanda had taken charge of, back to
Corpus Christi.On 29 March 1995, Yolanda Saldivar, still in Monterrey but aware now
that she had alarmed Selena and under orders from Selena to return to
Corpus, phoned a contact of Selena in Monterrey, a Dr Martinez, and
claimed to have been raped and robbed. Dr Martinez did not believe
Yolanda, and contacted the Quintanillas about her claims. The
Quintanillas indicated that they still expected Yolanda to return to Corpus
with all the items they required from her. There is no evidence that any
police investigation of any attack on Yolanda took place in Monterrey.
The following day, 30 March, Yolanda would return to Corpus, first
driving through to San Antonio to drop off her sister, and then driving
back to Corpus Christi.Thursday 30 March 1995 - Selena spoke by phone with entrepreneur
Leonard Wong, who was organizing the new perfume Selena planned to
release as part of her fashion line. He had arranged a meeting for Selena
in a week's time to look at designs for the perfume bottle; he also
reminded Selena of the need to get the perfume sample back from
Yolanda, and Selena indicated that she was planning to do that within the
next 24 hours.
Selena was planning a busy weekend - she was to perform a big concert in
LA on Saturday 1 April, and on Sunday 2 April she had promised to take
a young neighbour to Macdonalds for lunch... On this Thursday evening,
though, Selena cooked dinner at home for her husband Chris and his
father who was visiting.
Yolanda arrived in Corpus Christi from San Antonio during the afternoon
and checked into Room 158 at the Days Inn. She called Selena's beeper,
though Selena did not return the call until late that night, after she had
done with dinner. When she spoke to Yolanda, she arranged to meet her
at the Days Inn to collect bank records and other property - her husband
Chris drove her over there, and he waited in the car while Selena went
inside and collected the items from Yolanda. However, when they got
home, Selena found that not all the items she wanted were there. She
called Dr Martinez in Mexico to ask about his contact with Yolanda, and
he advised her not to visit Yolanda alone. However, Selena was moved by the alleged rape story that Yolanda had spun to Dr Martinez
Last thing that night (30 March) Selena and Chris spent time together as husband and wife...On the morning of Friday, 31 March 1995, Selena phoned Yolanda and
then went to meet her at the Days Inn. When she got there, Yolanda
spilled out her story about having been attacked and raped in Monterrey.
Selena took pity on her and took her to Corpus Christi's Doctors Regional
Medical Center for examination and treatment; but two nurses who
examined Yolanda said it wasn't certain whether she had been attacked or
not. The nurses weren't able to do a full medical exam, however -
apparently that needed to be done in Yolanda's home town of San Antonio.
Selena apparently now suspected that Yolanda was simply playing for
sympathy. She took her back to the Days Inn and, it seems, intended to
finish off her original business with Yolanda. Before that conversation
started, though, Chris Perez called Selena on her cell-phone and reminded
her that she was supposed to have been at a recording session )to record
some vocals for her planned English-language cross-over album, over an
hour earlier. Selena had forgotten, it seems. Selena told Chris that she
would be there as soon as she could. (This would have been there last
conversation).
Selena then went to room 158 with Yolanda and they started to talk.
According to Yolanda's later testimony, they argued about the bank
statements, and then Selena went to remove from her finger a valuable
ring which Yolanda had earlier arranged to give to Selena (paid for,
apparently, out of misdirected fan club funds). Yolanda felt that Selena
removing the ring was a sign of personal rejection, and apparently in a
flash of anger, pulled out the gun she had bought 5 days earlier. Selena
saw the gun and turned to run, but too late - Yolanda pointed the gun and
fired, the bullet hitting Selena in the right shoulder.
Selena continued to run, and Yolanda pointed the gun again though for
some reason did not fire a second shot. Selena ran past the rooms and the
swimming pool, and collapsed near the lobby of the Days Inn. She
struggled into the lobby at 11.49 am, and collapsed again, crying out that
she had been shot. The staff called the ambulance service, and they
arrived within 3 minutes, taking Selena to the Memorial Medical Center,
arriving right on 12 noon. Although doctors worked hard to save her,
including administering blood transfusions, unaware that the familys's
Jehovah's Witness beliefs would not approve of that. However, at 1.05
pm, Selena was pronounced dead.
The music world, and the world as a whole, had lost a bright and
brightening star.
Yolanda took refuge in her vehicle, and the police negotiated with her for
about 10 hours before she gave herself up, during which time she
threatened several times to shoot herself. Eventually she came out and
surrendered, was taken to police headquarters for questioning, and signed
a statement shortly before midnight.
Meanwhile rumours and the actual news spread rapidly across Texas. One
rumour said that Selena had been shot by the wife of Emilio Navaira,
having caught her husband in passionate embrace with Selena. But as the
truth came out, many people found it hard to believe that the deed had in
fact been done by her own fan club president.
Before the day was done, mourners were already gathering in front of the
Quintanilla homes in Corpus, and at the Selena boutiques in Corpus and
in San Antonio. Shrines and flowers quickly grew in size and number at
these and other places... The deed had happened so quickly, but the
mourning and the grief would continue for a long time, and is still not
fully dissipated even today

BELOW A PICTURE OF SELENAS KILLER THAT WITCH YOLANDA-IN PICTURE SELENA IS HAVING A COOKIE
SELENA GAVE HER A LIFE A JOB AND SHE ROBBED MONEY-ROBBED FROM SELENAS FAN CLUB ETC- AND WORST OF ALL ROBBED SELENA OF HER LIFE-HOPE YOU ROT IN PRISON YOLANDA-YOUR NOT EVEN WORTHY OF BEING SHOWN ON MY WEBSITE-BUT FOR THOSE WHO DONT KNOW WHO SELENAS KILLER IS I HAD TO POST UP 2 OF YOUR UGLY PICTURES-i HOPE AS EACH DAY YOU SPEND IN YOUR CELL THINKING OF WHAT YOU HAVE DONE BRINGS YOU CLOSER TO LOSING YOUR MIND-

Yolanda Saldivar was the manager of Selena's fan club and ran her boutique. Selena's father had accused Yolanda of stealing $30,000 from Selena's fan club over a period of less than a year. In the past, Saldivar worked for a dermatologist and was well-suited for manipulating account books. On the morning of March 31, 1995, Selena had a meeting with Yolanda in her motel room. It is believed that the former fan club president begged Selena to intercede on her behalf to be restored to her in the family business. Selena refused to help. In court transcripts, Saldivar claimed she was planning to commit suicide, not murder. During the meeting, Selena was shot in the back and literally bled to death. The weapon was a 38 caliber handgun bought by Saldivar legally just two weeks before Selena's murder. That essentially covers all we need to know of Selena's career and her murder. Unlike other women on the time line begun in 1967, Selena was not yet an established international celebrity. She was on the verge of such a breakthrough, but was cut off by death just before realising her goal. Selena was called "the Mexican Madonna." Like Madonna, and Divine before her, she went by a single stage name. Like Divine, she died in March. Like Madonna her musical career actually began in 1984 -- unfortunately, she was only well-known to the Latin American community and in some southern US states like Texas, New Mexico, and California. She began dressing like Madonna early in her career and maintained the style until the end. Like Madonna, she was sexy, but that element was subdued in her performances somewhat by her family. Unlike Madonna, she was not colouring her naturally dark hair an artificial blonde. Selena, only 23 at her death, did not live to be old enough for us to know what other parallels, if any, might have over time developed between herself and Madonna. Nevertheless, the link had been made by March 1995 in the minds of her fans. Selena was to be the next Madonna

Selena gun is cut up and dumped into bay
The family needs closure,' judge says The gun used to kill Selena was cut into about 50 nugget-sized pieces Monday and dumped into the choppy waters of Corpus Christi Bay. "It does away with the symbol of a tragedy," District Attorney Carlos Valdez said. At noon, Valdez and several other officials gathered at the jail impound lot, where a chop saw had been arranged atop a battered white table. The five-shot, wooden-handled .38-caliber Taurus revolver was laid beside the saw. A faded evidence exhibit sticker still clung to it. Sheriff Larry Olivarez brought a box of individually wrapped safety glasses to pass out to observers while they chatted. Selena's father, Abraham Quintanilla, watched impassively as the gun was clamped into the saw and cut into smaller and smaller chunks. His eyes were hidden behind large orange-tinted sunglasses and his left hand sometimes fidgeted with a key chain. He distanced himself from the teams of reporters present and, after the sparks had disappeared and the scent of burnt metal had cleared from the air, refused to answer their questions. But according to the legal officials involved in the case, the destruction brought his family a sense of closure. "I talked to Mr. Quintanilla," Valdez said "I told him that this gun can never be used again to cause anyone any heartbreak." Selena was killed in 1995, when her fan club president, Yolanda Saldivar, shot her at the Days Inn on Navigation Boulevard. The gun, along with other evidence, was taken to Harris County when the trial of Saldivar was moved there. It was discovered missing last month when District Judge Jose Longoria ordered the evidence be returned to Nueces County so Selena's belongings could be turned over to her family. The gun was soon found in a box of office supplies. And last week, Longoria ordered it to be destroyed despite claims from opponents that it has historical value and should be preserved. "Why should someone profit from the death of a beautiful person," Longoria said. "The family needs closure." Olivarez and his office have a standard policy for disposing of seized guns - it passes them along to a local salvage yard for crushing. But the gun that killed Selena required more elaborate measures, Olivarez said. Officials had to ensure that no zealous fan tried to track it down. In his order, Longoria said the gun should be battered with a sledgehammer and then dropped into the sea. But on Monday there was no hammer - only a noisy chop saw. Officials gave no reason for the substitution. Aside from the formal dress and a few solemn words, the proceedings unfolded much like a demonstration in a high school shop class. Lt. Mike Lowrance, with one hand protected by a utility glove, steadily cut away one strip after another. Onlookers watched quietly and murmured among themselves when the gun broke a saw blade. Afterward Olivarez and his crew gathered the pieces into a white plastic bucket, no different from one a child might bring to the beach for scooping sand. They answered questions for the media and headed up a caravan of vehicles bound for a downtown T-head. The sheriff and other officials parked at the Joe's Crab Shack lot. They strapped on earth-toned life-vests and motored through the marina, past the jetties and into Corpus Christi Bay. There, Olivarez scattered pieces of the gun. The steel that had caused so much anguish and attention sank into the swells with only blase plunks. "May she rest in peace," Olivarez whispered. Back at shore, Quintanilla was in his black Lincoln Navigator, watching. His daughter, Suzette Quintanilla-Arriaga, sat with him. Lunchtime crowds drove past, arriving at the restaurant without any notion what the ceremony was about. The remains of the gun sank to the bottom in 12 feet to 15 feet of water - too much, officials said, for anyone to find it. Olivarez climbed out of the boat and carried his white plastic bucket. He was not sure what he would do with it.

OTHER ARTICLE -

CORPUS CHRISTI - Recording superstar Selena, the 23-year-old reigning queen of Tejano music, was shot in the back and killed Friday, apparently after a confrontation with her personal assistant at a motel. The woman suspected of the shooting sat holding a gun to her head in a pickup truck in the motel's parking lot for more than nine hours before she surrendered to police. Police Chief Henry Garrett identified the suspect as Yolanda Saldivar, 32. He said no charges would be filed until Saturday. Selena, whose full name was Selena Quintanilla Perez, died in the operating room at Memorial Medical Center hospital at 1:05 p.m., a hospital spokesman said. News of her death brought wails of grief from her fans, from Dallas to Mexico and across the county. Radio stations were overwhelmed with callers, and memorial vigils were quickly organized in various communities. "It's the equivalent of Elvis Presley or Ritchie Valens dying," said Jose Santos, Dallas-based programming director for Tejano stations KESS-AM (1270), KMRT-AM (1480) and KICI-FM (107.9), which aired tributes to Selena on Friday. Lead singer for the Corpus Christi-based band Selena y los Dinos, she was known for flashy clothing, heavy makeup and flamboyant jewelry. The young superstar was a pop icon as big as Madonna for Hispanic teenagers. Abraham Quintanilla Jr., Selena's father, said the woman suspected of shooting the singer "was a disgruntled employee. We suspected her of embezzling money, and we started closing in on her and she just went bananas." "She lured Selena to the parking lot of a motel supposedly to hand over some bank statements and papers, and then she shot her," he said. The shooting was reported just before noon at a Days Inn near Interstate 37 in an industrial part of Corpus Christi, said police Capt. Carlos Cavazos. Family and employees of the singer said the woman, a San Antonio resident, checked into the motel earlier in the week after being summoned for business meetings with the Quintanilla family. Mr. Quintanilla, Selena's father, said in a telephone interview that the suspect, Selena's personal assistant, had begun helping manage Selena's business interests in the last year. She had met the singer and her family after asking to organize a Selena fan club in 1991. "She had been calling me for some time, leaving messages on our recorder about wanting to start a fan club in the San Antonio area for Selena," he said. "I finally met her and she started the fan club. Then Selena hired her last year to help with her business because she's always on the road." The woman helped manage Selena's boutiques in Corpus Christi and San Antonio and had been given authority to write checks from the singer's business checking accounts, he said. The singer recently had become suspicious about money taken from fan club accounts, he said. "We started checking other things and found other discrepancies," he said. "She was doing all the paperwork. We really haven't gone through anything, but the amount of money involved is in the thousands." The singer had come home from a recording date in Nashville this week and joined her father in confronting the woman Thursday night about the suspected embezzlement, Mr. Quintanilla said. "We were fixing to fire her. She knew that," he said. "She never denied it or said anything. During the meeting, she was emotional at times, and at times, she was just as cool as ice." Assistant Police Chief K.A. Bung said Selena was shot in a motel room and managed to make it down to the lobby, where officers found her. Mr. Quintanilla said the bullet "tore some main arteries in her heart." Police said no one else was hurt. An autopsy completed Friday afternoon showed Selena died of a single gunshot wound to the right shoulder, but no bullet was recovered, said Lela Gallo, an investigator with the Nueces County medical examiner's office. After the shooting, Ms. Saldivar sat in the driver's seat of a new GMC truck as police cordoned off the motel parking lot. Officers initially tried to coax her into surrendering via cellular telephone, then by bullhorn. At dark, police SWAT teams illuminated the motel parking lot with floodlights. Hundreds of fans lined Navigation Boulevard, some for hours, to watch and wait. Some used binoculars, or, improvising, rifle scopes for a glimpse of what was happening behind the police cordons. Many of the spectators lining the cordoned-off area played Selena music on tape players as a light rain fell. Applause erupted as the shooting suspect gave up and was walked off by police about 9:30 p.m. "I think she just got tired," Chief Garrett said. Chief Bung said Ms. Saldivar would be questioned and charged with murder. Assistant Police Chief Pete Alvarez said the woman offered no resistance at the end. "She was real emotional, real distraught," he said. "She was there in that pickup for a long period of time. I think she just got exhausted, and reached the point where she decided to walk out." He credited police negotiators with keeping Ms. Saldivar calm at several junctures when it appeared that she might kill herself. He added, however, that she never threatened any of the police officers during the nine-hour standoff. In fact, Chief Alvarez said, "She mentioned several times that she didn't want to hurt anybody." He declined to say what, if anything, the woman said about Selena's death, but he did say "she was remorseful" about the day's events. At Selena's family compound of three brick homes in the Molina neighborhood on the west side of Corpus Christi, a cyclone fence was blanketed Friday evening with dozens of ribbons, flowers, letters and trinkets from fans. "She was too young. She didn't deserve that," said one fan, Alex Perez. Selena was born on April 16, 1971, in Lake Jackson, south of Houston. At the age of 9, she began singing with Los Dinos, the Quintanilla family band. Though she was considered English her first language, she told interviewers that her father taught her to love Tejano music, a modern, urban version of the Tex-Mex accordion-based music called conjunto. Since the release of 1992's Entre a Mi Mundo album, her brand of infectious Tejano pop had attracted a sizable audience charmed by her appealing voice and her knack for incorporating Anglo elements into her Spanish mix. With her father as manager, and siblings and a husband as band members, Selena kept her career a family business. The close-knit entourage of family and employees gathered Friday night at the singer's Q Productions studio to await the outcome of the standoff. "Everybody's here, just in shock. I'm still in shock. I can't believe it," the singer's father said. Selena's steady rise to stardom, spurred by a 1993 Grammy award for Selena Live! and sales of more than 500,000 copies for last year's Amor Prohibido CD, would have reached a peak later this year with the much-anticipated release of her first English-language album on SBK Records. Selena's death came as she was recording her English-language album, a project she had hoped would propel her to mainstream stardom, Mr. Quintanilla said. "She had gotten four songs recorded," he said, breaking down as he described the ballad and the up-tempo song that were his daughters' last works. "It was excellent work. She was so excited about this project." She had been scheduled to leave Corpus Christi early Saturday morning to go to Los Angeles for a concert at the Los Angeles Sports Arena before returning to a Nashville studio another recording session, Mr. Quintanilla said. In Corpus Christi, Selena inspired young female fans to copy her heavy makeup and flamboyant dress. The local newspaper constantly chronicled her whereabouts throughout the country and did frequent profiles on her. Most record stores had free-standing displays of her music, most accompanied by a life-size picture of the singer. Her Spanish language advertisements for Coca-Cola aired in Corpus and across the border. By late afternoon, Corpus Christi police were so deluged with inquiries from grieving fans that they began running a recording urging callers to monitor local TV stations or radio stations for news of the case. "We've been swamped, and they've been from all over. Mexico, New York, Miami, LA - it's just been everywhere. Some of her cousins and nieces were even calling trying to find out what happened," said Jackie Sullivan, a switchboard operator for the police department. Tejano radio stations and Mexican stations along the border and across Texas were giving the news of Selena's death almost continuous coverage and airing her music. Mr. Santos, the radio programming director, said his three stations were "swamped with calls. We switch receptionists every 15 minutes. Little kids call up crying and a lot of people call, asking, `Is this true? You're making this up.' " "It's a shock to the Tejano and Spanish music industry. It's very tragic."

BELOW 2 PICS OF THE FAMOUS RING THE BITCH YOLANDA GAVE TO SELENA AS A GIFT

 


 
 

SELENAS BIGGEST PASSION AFTER SINGING WAS BECOMING A FASHION DESIGNER -HER DREAM CAME TRUE=AND SHE WANTED TO OPEN BOUTIQUES WITH HER OWN LINE OF CLOTHING -THIS WAS ACCOMPLISHED IN 1994 SELENA OPENED 2 BOUTIQUES CALLED SELENA ETC--ONE WAS OPENED IN SAN ANTONIO THE OTHER IN CORPUS CHRISTI--SELENA WAS VERY GIFTED AND DESIGNED HER OWN CLOTHES-SHE ALSO HAD SOME FASHION SHOWS IN WHICH SHE DISPLAYED HER CREATIONS- THE BOUTIQUE IN SAN ANTONIO IS NOW CLOSED -BUT THE ONE IN CORPUS IS STILL OPEN --BELOW VARIOUS PICS OF SELENA WORKING MAKING CLOTHES- SELENA STANDING IN FRONT OF THE BOUTIQUES -opening of boutique -ETC




A FEW PICS BELOW OF SELENA BOUTIQUE