It's hard to believe that it has been 20 years since the murder of beloved Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla Perez. Millions of fans, still mourn her death after 20 years, and still her music can be heard all over the world and her memory lives on. Selena, was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer. Called the Queen of Tejano music, her contributions to music and fashion made her one of the most celebrated Mexican American entertainers of the end of the 20th century as Hispanics elevated her into a sainthood-like status. She was named the "top Latin artist of the '90s" and "Best selling Latin artist of the decade" by Billboard magazine, as well as the "Mexican equivalent" of Madonna in terms of her clothing choices.
Aside from music, Selena began designing and manufacturing a clothing line in 1994 and opened two boutiques called Selena Etc., one in Corpus Christi and the other in San Antonio. Both were equipped with in-house beauty salons. She was in negotiations to open more stores in Monterrey, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Yolanda Saldivar served as the manager for both boutiques after the Quintanilla family were impressed with the way she managed the fan club. Selena released her fifth studio album, Amor Prohibido, in March 1994. The recording debuted at number three on the US Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. The album spawned four number one singles the title track, "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom", "No Me Queda Más", and "Fotos Y Recuerdos".
The Quintanilla family named Saldivar the manager of Selena's boutiques in early 1994. In December 1994, the boutiques began to suffer after the number of staff for both stores decreased. According to staff members, Saldivar largely fired anyone she personally did not like. Staff members at the store constantly complained about Saldivar's behavior to Selena who dismissed the claims. According to Quintanilla, Jr. the staff then turned their attention to him and began informing him about Saldivar. Quintanilla, Jr. took the claims serious and informed Selena to "be careful" and that Saldivar may not be a good influence. She dismissed her father's inquires since he had always distrusted people in the past. During an interview with Saldívar in 1995, reporters from The Dallas Morning News believed that Saldívar's devotion to Selena bordered on obsession.
Upon investigation, Quintanilla, Jr. discovered that Saldívar was embezzling more than $60,000 in forged checks from both the fan club and the boutiques. Quintanilla, Jr. banned Saldivar from having any contact with Selena. However, Selena did not want to dissolve their friendship; she felt that Saldívar was essential to whether the clothing line would take off in Mexico. Selena also wanted to keep Saldívar close because she had bank records, statements and financial records necessary for tax preparation. On the morning of March 31, 1995, Selena met up with Saldivar at her Days Inn motel room in Corpus Christi. At the motel, Selena demanded the financial papers; Saldívar delayed the handover by claiming she had been raped in Mexico. The singer then drove Saldívar to Doctors Regional Hospital where doctors found no evidence of rape.
At 11:48 am, Saldívar drew the gun from her purse and pointed it at Selena. As Selena attempted to flee, Saldívar shot her once on the right lower shoulder, severing an artery and resulting in a massive loss of blood. Critically wounded, Selena ran towards the lobby, leaving a trail of blood 392 feet (119 m) long. She collapsed on the floor as the clerk called 9-1-1, with Saldívar still chasing after her and calling her a "bitch". Before collapsing, she named Saldívar as her assailant and gave the number of the room where she had been shot. Meanwhile, Saldívar got into her pickup truck and attempted to leave the motel. However, she was spotted by a responding police cruiser. Saldívar surrendered after nearly nine-and-a-half hours of a standoff between police and the FBI. By that time, hundreds of fans had gathered at the scene; many wept as police took Saldívar away. Since the bullet had pierced an artery, after 50 minutes the doctors realized that the damage was irreparable. Selena was pronounced dead at 1:05 pm from blood loss and cardiac arrest.
In the months following her death, a number of honors and tributes were erected. Several proposals were brought into question such as renaming streets, public parks, food products, and auditoriums. The Spirit of Hope Award was created in Selena's honor in 1996, and was awarded to Latin artists who participated in humanitarian and civic causes. On March 16, 2011, the United States Post Office released a "Latin Legends" memorial stamp to honor Selena. Selena's family and her former band, Los Dinos, held a tribute concert a week after the 10th anniversary of her murder on April 7, 2005. The concert, entitled Selena ¡VIVE!, was broadcast live on Univision and achieved a 35.9 household rating. They honored Selena's memory by making a movie about her life self titled "Selena" who stars Jennifer Lopez.
In all Selena has been and will still be remembered and honored by friends, family and adoring fans all over the world even as years pass. Her memory, loving nature and her fantastic achievements as an entertainer will keep on coming as they say.. SELENA FOREVER!!! Please be sure to Follow Me for more and if you have any pictures to share or memories of Selena, please be sure to let me know below.
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