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Selena was born to Marcela and Abraham Quintanilla on April, 16, 1971. She was the third and last child after Suzzette and Abraham Junior III. As a little girl of 8 years old Selena worked singing at bars, weddings, restaurants, fairs, and such. The band she worked in was called "Selena Y Los Dinos" formed by her father, Abraham Quintanilla. Her sister, Suzzette, played the drums and her brother, Abraham Junior, played the bass.
Selena barely enjoyed her childhood. She used to always play challenging games in school and with neighborhood friends. Dolls were not much her style, Selena was athletic (e.g. running, hide and seek, basket ball, climb trees and such). Instead of having a normal childhood, her father, a professional and experienced Musician and ex-member of the original "Los Dinos" from the nineteen-sixties, influenced Selena and her three brothers to be dedicated Musicians. A boyfriend could have never been on her schedule, considering music as a carrier was a time consuming business.
The Country/Tex-Mex band officially started in 1981. The band was considered to be the "family business" of the Quintanilla family. This business was the main source they relied on to put food on the table. Since 1981 until late 80's the family went through very rough times. They barely had money for food, had to apply for food stamps, and on many occassions, they could not afford to pay a motel. Time and patience was what kept them going.
In the late nineteen-eighties Selena Y Los Dinos gained popularity in the western states, which by then Mexican immigrants were more prominent in the United States than ever. Due to all the work imposed by the music business Selena abandoned school. Nevertheless, Selena Y Los Dinos savored their first success in 1986 when Selena received the "Female Vocalist Of The Year" and "Performer Of The Year" awards at the Tejano Music Awards. Since then the band has been among the top winners, taking awards in numerous categories year after year. Selena Y Los Dinos then went from bar performers to national performers. They appeared on "El Show De Johnny Canales", "Siempre En Domingo", "Sabado Gigante", "El Festival De La Calle Ocho" and other prestigious shows.
By the early nineties Chris Perez entered the band as the Guitarist. As it is to expect, Selena without a boyfriend and Chris without a girlfriend, the fortunate Guitarist lost no time in dating the beautiful Vocalist. Selena's father, Abraham, totally opposed to the relationship and threaten to suspend Chris Perez from the music group. This was not seen as a threat at all, Selena could have been a solist and there were Rock 'n Roll bands offering contracts to Chris. The couple had deaf ears for Abraham's threats and married on April 2, 1992.
As Selena's popularity spread through out the Latin world, Yolanda Saldivar, a thirty-two years old certified Nurse in Texas, found Selena in a concert in 1993. In that same year, Yolanda immediately contacted the singer's fan club organization and left numerous messages on the answering machine. Abraham, father and manager of Selena, was intrigued and hired her as the president of Selena's fan club.
A couple of months later, Yolanda met Selena personally and describes her first encounter as "meeting Whitney Houston". Yolanda Saldivar, obsessed or not, gained access to the personal life of Selena. She became the chaperon and intimate friend of Selena Quintanilla. It is rumored that the Nurse and the Vocalist shared secrets. These "secrets" were the bound between these two friends.
Selena not satisfied with all of her music's success, she aspired to be a fashion Designer with Martin Gomez, a professional young Designer in Texas. In 1994 Selena opened her first boutique "Selena, Etc. Inc." located in 5410 Leopard St. Suite B. in the heart of Corpus Christi, Texas. Another two stores followed, one in San Antonio, Texas and another in Monterrey, Mexico. The naked truth is that at that time non of her boutiques were going well.
By early 1995 Yolanda is being confronted by Abraham Quintanilla, who alleges Yolanda Saldivar was stealing money from the fan club. Yolanda denied the accusation. Selena and her father met with the fan club's president to question her about the issue. Yolanda had no concrete answers and Selena suspected she was guilty of fraud. Obviously, Selena felt betrayed.
In March 31, 1995, Yolanda arranges to meet with Selena in the Holiday Inn in Corpus Christi, Texas at 6:00 A.M. The president of the fan club says she wants to give all the documents to Selena in person and in private. The singer agreed to meet with Yolanda in person and in private. When Selena arrives to the motel, Yolanda told her that she was sexually abused in Monterrey, Mexico before arriving to Corpus Christi, Texas. Selena then drove her to the clinic for a general check up. The doctor found no serious evidence of sexual abuse. By around 11:00 A.M. Selena and Yolanda returned to the motel. Once inside the room, Selena asked for the missing documents, Saldivar only returns incomplete documents and checks.
Selena Kept arguing with Yolanda about the missing documents. Selena, not wanting anymore troubles, announced to Saldivar that she's dismissed from her businesses. Selena then walked to the door, Saldivar feared to be dismissed and sue in court, takes a gun out of her purse, points it at Selena and shoots once hitting the upper right side of her back. Bleeding and petrified, Quintanilla ran to the lobby of the motel. According to Rosalinda Gonzales, assistant manager at the motel, and Ruben Deleon, sales Director at the motel, Selena arrived to the lobby yelling: "Help me, help me! I've been shot!." The twenty-three years old woman asked them to call 9-1-1 and slowly laid herself on the floor. A puddle of blood formed. The employees asked Selena who shot her and she replied: "Yolanda in room 158".
Minutes later she was taken to the hospital to only be declared as "clinically death". She lost a great proportion of blood and, as a result, she also lost consciousness along with her life.
Yolanda Saldivar was sentenced to life-in-prison for the murder of Selena Quintanilla Perez. Yolanda is currently serving this sentence in the correctional of Gatesville, Texas since 1995.
Seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years pass by but the memory of Selena will always stay fresh within her fans.
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selena 4ever | Reviewer: cielo | 5/16/13
selena is my role modele she will live in me 4ever and no matter what selena will live because she was a jehovas witness just like me aand me and her will live in paridis 4ever
luv u selena >3333
why? | Reviewer: ad | 4/8/13
selena i listen and watch your movie every night i think it is good that the women who shot you is in jail i love you i want you to know that your in a safe place with god he missed you and now we do i prey and wish for you i wish for a shooting star so i could wish for you but your gone i just want you to know we love you and i always love to make songs some are even for you and i also listen to your music r.i.p selena
How good she was | Reviewer: Savanna | 4/8/13
Selena Quintanilla was a good singer she was very talented and a very good actress she is my number 1 idol that is why she didn't deserve to get hurt like that I think Yolanda Saldivar she get sentenced for life for killing Selena Quintanilla.
Sweet Angel | Reviewer: Dajonik | 3/24/13
Selena,all of your fans,including me will miss you dearly. We all believe that you were taken away from this earth way too soon. You were taken away in such a vicious way. But now I understand why God wanted you home, because you were a sweet angel on earth. We love you & we miss you.
"I KNOW YOU ARE SLEEPING WITH THE ANGEL'S SWEET SELENA" | Reviewer: davita ann buckles | 3/20/13
It's not one time when your movie come's on that I don't watch.When I look at the movie all I see is you the real you not the person playing you.You were raised by two loving parent's that shined through you.From a baby to a very beautiful woman you were sweet,kind,giving,sharing,and loving person.A person who wanted a small farm and plenty of animal's to love and pretty little babies of your own.You loved the moon and now the white clouds you lay apond is circling around it.So now you rest in peace and know you are and will always be loved.
where is Selena now | Reviewer: Lilifield | 3/8/13
l think you all should ask or to find out where she is . has she gone to be with the Lord or in torment? a lot of people have good memories of her. do you really love her or just the pleasure you derived from her music.Yolanda the devil skilled an innocent and naive lady. if she doesn't she also rust in hell.
Dreamer | Reviewer: Crystal G. | 2/9/13
When I first seen your movie I was move, your lift and struggles touch me so much that when both my daughters were born I sang your songs as I rocked them to sleep. Selena and your family is in my heart and preyers.
no justice | Reviewer: neta.landers | 1/25/13
These are my feelings on selenas death.it was uncalled for,she. Died way too soon.she was&always will be my idol.25 years aren't enough time for Ms.salvidar.she planned out this whole thing&put selenas family through a lot of pain&suffering. &also her fans like myself who loved&adored her,over jealousy.she should have been given life,without parole,who's to say when she gets out,she won't do this to someone in selenas family or to someone else.everyone is a lot safer with her being where she is.I love you Selena para siempre,you will live on in my heart.my angel forever.
Missing you. | Reviewer: Elena | 1/16/13
Everytime her movie comes on I cry uncontrollably. It totally ruiens the rest of my day. The emense pain I feel for the loss of such a beautyfull angel. Feel as if something was personally stolen from me. Im outta here here comes the depression.
A bigg fan if Selena <3 | Reviewer: San Juana Vazquez | 12/11/12
Since the day that i had heard my first song if her i lov her n then i asked my mom who was she she told me that she was a famous person a long time ago when my dad asked me that what cd i wanted i awes tild him a selenas one then i started to know from hart her.songs..But.whati dont understand is that they say that they are going to "kill" Yolanda n she is stil alive n working to get out of the jail it sems like if they dont care about her no more like they usto do. :-( I WILL MISS U Selena LOV U!!!!!!!!!!! :-) :'(
Selena | Reviewer: Arielle | 11/14/12
Selena was a very big hit back then im only sixteen born a year after her death and yet i still hate the fact that the young beautiful singer is gone . My most favorite song ever of course is DREAMING OF YOU!!!!! it reminds me of my self so much . I cant wait to see Selena in heaven . R.I.P selena your biggest fan.
ill never forget you Selena | Reviewer: glenda gonzalez | 10/16/12
i love Selena since i was little. Selena inspire me the hard work she had done she could have still worked hard but that stupid old lady had to kill her. when it was Selena birthday i decorated my room with her pics and started lighting candles and played her songs.I LOVE YOU SELENA!! <3
I wish Selena was alive:( | Reviewer: Sasha H. | 10/10/12
Ok i feel so bad for Selena.Yolanda was so jealous cuz selena was pretty and she could sing.I wish selena was alive:( and i'm 12 and i know better than an old woman named yolanda.
selena with doctor Boyfriend | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/23/12
Well Selena was a very pretty Young Woman ,her and Chris got married like a fairy tale,But now Doctor Spills the Pinto Beans Out. They Both had affairs Chris had affair thats why Selena went with doctor She Loved Him Many People Will Not Like the truth but the day came and theres more going to come out !!!Yoland new everything just like everyone else did.TRUTH WILL COME OUT !!!!
selena is my roll model no matter what!!!! | Reviewer: bella guzman | 8/16/12
selena i love you and always will,my sister grew up watching you when she was a little girl she is 24 now! and am 13 even tho am 13 and didn't grow up with your music i still listen to it and love it! you will always be my roll model and always be in heart!!<3
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