The death of Yolanda Saldivar, the murder of beloved Tejano music superstar, Selena Quintanilla Perez, is a hoax according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Monday evening.
Prisoner number 733126, Saldivar, with a date of birth of September 19, 1960, is alive in her cell at the Mountain View Correction Facility near Gatesville, Texas serving a life sentence for the March 31, 1995 murder of Quintanilla-Perez.
“After spending nearly 20 years in prison for the murder of beloved Tejano superstar, Selena Quintanilla Perez, Yolanda Saldivar was found dead in her cell by deputies during a routine walk through of the Mountain View Unit in Gatesville, Texas,” the Internet social media spread throughout the day. “Attempts to resuscitate Saldivar proved futile as she appeared to have been dead for several hours before discovery.”
In truth, Saldivar, a graduate of McCollum High School in the Harlandale School District in south San Antonio, was the former president of the Selena Fan Club when she shot the singer in a motel in Corpus Christi. A false news website, “The National Report” that periodically releases sensational and untrue reports and calls itself “America’s #1 Independent News Source, was the first to spread the fictitious rumor this morning.
Saldivar was sentenced to prison for life on October 26, 1995 with “Murder with a Deadly Weapon” charges according to the TDCJ and is eligible for parole until March 2025. Earlier this year, the same site falsely reported that Saldivar would be released because of early stages of kidney failure.
According to court testimony, documents and investigative reports, Saldivar had been asking Selena’s family, including her father Abraham Quintanilla, Jr., if she could start a fan club for the singer. In 1991 they agreed to begin the fan club which eventually led to Saldivar managing Selena’s fashion boutique shops in San Antonio and Corpus Christi.
By early 1995, Selena’s father was fielding phone calls and other correspondence from fans who claimed they received nothing after paying Saldivar for membership dues. Mr. Quintanilla soon discovered Saldivar had embezzled and forged over $60,000 in checks from the fan club and boutiques. When Selena and Saldivar met at the Corpus Christi Days Inn Motel on March 31, 1965, the intention was to see the evidence there was no missing money. Saldivar told Selena she had been raped in Mexico so the singer drove her fan club president to the nearby Doctors Regional Hospital. Doctors found no evidence of rape.
After returning back to the hotel room, Saldivar reached in her purse and pointed a gun at Selena. Selena ran but was shot in the right shoulder. Selena entered the motel lobby and told the clerk Saldivar, who was yelling “bitch,” was the shooter. She also told the clerk the room number. Police cornered Saldivar in the parking lot attempting to leave which led to a nine hour standoff. Investigators and witnessed saw a 392-foot long trail of blood from the room to the lobby. Selena was pronounced dead at 1:05 CST during surgery for a severed artery and cardiac arrest.
Selena, named the “Top Latin artist of the 1990s” by Billboard Magazine, became known as the Queen of Tejano music. A 1997 movie, starring Jennifer Lopez became a commercial success and expanded Selena’s legacy to a worldwide audience. To date, her records have sold 60 million around the globe.
Among her hits were “Amor Prohibido,” “No Me Queda Más,” “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “Dreaming of You” and “Techno Cumbia.”