Selena Quintanilla was at the peak of her career when Yolanda Saldívar took her life.

Everything seemed to be going perfectly fine between Selena and Yolanda until Abraham Quintanilla, found indications that Saldívar was embezzling money from the singer’s boutiques. Selena’s father demanded that she prove her innocence but her desperation led her to commit the worst of crimes.

According to investigations, Yolanda and Selena had an argument at the Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi, Texas. Saldívar took out a revolver to threaten the singer and avoid her dismissal, however, when she tried to flee, he shot her in the back.

Although the reports assured that Selena made it to the hospital alive, the doctors could not do anything about the enormous loss of blood and passed away.


One day before the confrontation, Saldívar had bought a .38 caliber revolver, under the excuse that he needed it for self-defense.

“We both argued because I wanted to stop working for her. I gave him everything I had, the cell phone and the bank documents while we fought, ”Saldívar told the authorities.

After being detained, the woman argued that it had been an accidental shot But the prosecution stated that despite being a nurse, she did not follow the emergency protocol because she never called 911 or tried to help the victim after being hit by a bullet.

Saldívar was sentenced to life imprisonment, which is serving in the female prison Mountain View Unit in Gatesville, operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). The murderer has sought several times to appeal her sentence and although in 2014 she requested the release for 2015, as she claimed that her health was deteriorating, she could not verify it.

To this day, she is still in prison but may be a candidate for conditional freedom by the end of 2025.

Yolanda Saldívar’s life behind bars.

Selena’s former assistant filed a lawsuit in 2016 with which has asked for compensation for half a million dollars for the whole “Pain, suffering, physical injuries and emotional stress” that he has suffered in prison.

Yolanda assured that she had a severe fall that was not treated as it should be, which became worse and caused pain “that could be avoided.” In the lawsuit, he also added that he was assigned the highest bed in the cell despite being overweight, short, and alleged heart and thyroid problems.

She sought to hold authorities accountable for a “Bad judgment, carelessness and sadistic acts” against him.

Jeremy Desel, spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, said during an interview for Univision that “There have been no real or significant changes in Saldívar’s status in years and years.”

“She has been on the same stage for a long, long time.”added. Desel did not elaborate on what the woman does inside the prison but hinted that she currently works as a janitor.


Yolanda has received death threats repeatedly through letters from abroad. She has also received threats from other inmates, which is why she lives alone in a cell separated from everyone. Abraham Quintanilla himself assured that he does not care if the murderer of his daughter gets parole because he knows the fate that awaits her.

“We still receive letters from women who are in that prison, where she is, and they say that they are waiting for her, that they are going to kill her (…) they have nothing to lose,” she revealed in interview with Tony Dandrades last year.

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