Yolanda Saldívar

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Yolanda Saldívar
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Yolanda Saldívar (September 19th, 1960 - ) is a Mexican American woman who was convicted in 1995 for the murder of Tejano music singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez at the Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi, Texas, on March 31st, 1995. 16 days before her 24th birthday.

She had worked with Selena by running her fan club and managing her clothing boutiques after resigning from her job as a nurse, but soon it was discovered that Yolanda was embezzling money from the fans and the boutiques. Selena's father, Abraham Quintanilla Jr., fired Yolanda, but Selena tried to keep on good terms with her. Friends and family of Selena worried about Yolanda since she seemed too obsessed with Selena. Yolanda made up many stories on why she couldn't return the money, even at one point, claimed that she was “raped” in Mexico.

On March 31, 1995, Selena confronted Yolanda at the Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi. She demanded the financial papers when she finally realized Yolanda's deception when she dumped out Yolanda's purse a gun fell out and Yolanda grabbed it and when she attempted to give the friendship ring back. Selena tried to run away, only to be shot once in the lower right shoulder, severing her artery. Yolanda chased after her and called her a "bitch" before she returned to her room. Selena made it to the lobby and collapsed from blood loss, telling the workers who had shot her, and she was later pronounced dead on her arrival to the hospital at 1:05 pm. Yolanda tried to flee the scene only to be stopped by a passing police cruiser, and a 9-hour stand-off ensued with Yolanda threatening to kill herself before she surrendered to the police.

Yolanda Saldívar pleaded not guilty, saying the shooting was accidental. She was found guilty of the murder of Selena on October 23, 1995, and was sentenced to life in prison and is eligible for parole in March of 2025.

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