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This Old Interview with Selena’s Killer Will Probably Send Shivers Down Your Spine

Shortly after the murder of Selena Quintanilla-Perez in 1995, 20/20 interviewed Yolanda Salvídar, the former Selena fan club president convicted of killing the Tejana singer. You won’t believe the things she says when speaking to reporters about that fateful night.

This interview was the first time that Yolanda Salvídar broke her silence about the night Selena died.

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As you may already know, Salvídar was sentenced to life in prison with a possibility of parole after 30 years. But you may not know that her sentence required separation from the general population for fear of her safety from other prisoners.

“They made me out to be a monster,” Salvídar says at the beginning of the interview. “I just want to say, I did not kill Selena. It was an accident and my conscience is clear.”

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Salvídar was working for Selena as the manager of her boutique and fan club when Selena and her father discovered forged checks made out to Yolanda Salvídar.

Salvídar claims that the two were close and that Selena even called her “mom” when they would talk on the phone.

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“I told her that I loved her like a daughter,” Salvídar says. “She would call me mom on the phone.” According to the report, Selena’s parents dispute that fact.

READ: Selena Quintanilla Victories in 2015

On March 9, 1993, Selena and her father confronted Salvídar about the checks and threatened to call authorities to report the crime.

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Selena’s father says in the interview that he believes that being confronted with the theft was what triggered Salvídar.

Four days later, Salvídar would purchase a gun and start making her way back to Corpus Christie, Texas.

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On March 31, 1995, Salvídar called Selena and asked her to meet at a Days Inn to talk.

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Salvídar claims that she tried to cut ties with Selena that night when she arrived at the motel and denied that Selena ever told her that she was being fired.

“It’s over Selena. I can’t work for you no more (sic). I can’t work for you no more,” Salvídar remembers telling Selena that night.

“She went down, she grabbed my feet, and told me not to leave her,” Salvídar says about that night.

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Then she told Selena to leave, pulled out a gun and put it to her head. Saldívar says she told Selena to leave or she would kill herself. Selena wanted to de-escalate the situation and tried closing the motel room door to talk, according to Salvídar.

READ: Selena’s Father Just Dropped an Unreleased Selena Song

“And when she was walking to the door, she was going at an angle,” Salvídar recalls of that night. “And I told her, ‘Don’t close the door.’ And in that instant, the gun went off.”

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Credit: ABC News / 20/20 / Selena Forever Page / YouTube

Salvídar insists that she did not see any blood in the room when she shot Selena. As Selena ran to the front office of the motel, Salvídar left the room and went to her car, where a 9-hour stand off would begin. She says she left the room to find Selena.

Prosecutor Carlos Valdez, who worked on the case, said Selena bled to death while running away from the motel room and collapsed in the lobby.

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Credit: Selena Forever Page / YouTube

Carlos Valdez pieced together the motive for the attack and says it was the financial theft and greed that led Salvídar to shoot and kill Selena Quintanilla-Perez.

Watch the full interview below (warning: graphic images):

(Part 1)

Credit: ABC News / 20/20 Selena Forever Page / YouTube

(Part 2)

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The Comments in This Photo That Chris Perez Shared of Selena Proves That Her Fandom is Truly Timeless

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The Comments in This Photo That Chris Perez Shared of Selena Proves That Her Fandom is Truly Timeless

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It’s been 24 years since the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla, died. But, that doesn’t stop fans from continuing to honor the legacy of one of the most influential Latina singers in history. On Saturday, Selena’s widower Chris Pérez took to Facebook to share what looked to be a candid photo of Quintanilla dancing on stage with Los Dinos.

The photo shows La Reina de Tejano dancing on stage in full Selena regalia. Decked out in a sparkling green jumpsuit, her hands are raised in the air, clapping along to the beat of the music. In the background of the photo, Pérez is pictured playing his guitar in his signature 90s hairdo and leather pants. 

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This candid snapshot is one of many that fans continue to circulate long after the Latina music superstar has passed. 

In an emotional caption, Pérez expressed his gratitude to the Selena fans who keep her memory alive through sharing memories like the aforementioned photo. Under the post, he waxes nostalgic, writing that “sometimes I come across some fan pics and it feels like this all happened a whole other lifetime ago…on a whole other planet”.

He goes on to praise the legion of Selena fans, saying that he is “grateful” to have shared “moments like this with her, the band, and especially her fans who continue to love her and pass that love on down to the younger generations.”

Pérez finished off his post by telling loyal Selena fans that they kick major ass!”

Pérez’s post obviously resonated with fans. The post racked up almost 30,000 likes and, as of Wednesday, has received over 900 comments. Lifelong fans of Selena’s took to the comments section to share memories of growing up listening to Selena. Some even shared pictures of their own children dancing to Selena’s music or celebrating Selena-themed birthday parties. 

Pérez and Quintanilla’s relationship was complicated from the start, with Selena’s father Abraham famously disapproving of her choice in a boyfriend. Abraham believed that Chris’s bad-boy, hard rock image had the potential to damage Selena’s squeaky-clean image. He even kicked Pérez off of the Selena y Los Dinos tour bus when he found out they were secretly dating. 

The comment section is full of people sharing touching stories about Selena, and the memories they made and continue to make thanks to her. 

All the love in the comments section was further proof that the admiration for Selena Quintanilla is trans-generational. Fans shared all of the powerful ways Selena’s music has touched their lives. One fan wrote, “My younger Daughters requested on Thanksgiving to listen to Selena with their Dad. He played ‘I Could Fall In Love’ and ‘Dreaming Of You’ and they said, ‘I love Selena so much!’. And their Dad said, ‘Daddy does, too! If it wasn’t for Mommy, [we] wouldn’t know of or love Selena, we know of her because Mommy loves her.’”.

This isn’t the first time Chris Pérez has expressed his gratitude for Selena fans. In 2012, he published a book titled “To Selena With Love” that detailed “the touching and sometimes painful memories of their very private bond”. In the book, he wrote that he “knew on some level how popular Selena was, of course, but when she passed away, the outpour of love and support [they] got from the fans stunned [him]”. In “To Selena”, he wrote “Her fans have continued to keep Selena’s memory alive and I am grateful to them for that.”

Selena fans have never been shy about expressing their admiration for the strong and passionate relationship Chriz Pérez and Selena Quintanilla had.

You could even say there are two Selena fan groups: one for her music and another for her relationship with her husband. 

This fan has some thoughts about Pérez’s undying devotion to his late wife: 

It’s true that his actions over the years prove that there will always be a place in his heart for Selena. 

This Selena fan knows what she wants when it comes to #boyfriendgoals.

Girl, same.

This fan is dedicated enough to have looked at both of their astrology charts.

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Further proof that their love was written in the stars. 

This Latina can’t contain her emotions over the story of these star-crossed lovers.

At least we know that Selena’s memory will always live on in her music as well as the hearts of her fans.

Watch: ‘Walking Dead’ Actress Ditches Zombies For Red Lipstick In New Selena Series Trailer

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Watch: ‘Walking Dead’ Actress Ditches Zombies For Red Lipstick In New Selena Series Trailer

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Hold on to your heart, chica. Netflix is coming for it and your tears.

Fans of Tejano music singer Selena Quintanilla are used to talk of production studios wanting to tell her story. Since the “Baila Esta Cumbia” singer’s death in 1995, fans have seen her story retold as a movie starring Jennifer Lopez and a 2018 series by Telemundo. Recently Netflix announced that they were going for the grab on her story, this time with a biographical drama web television series. While fans were treated to updates for “Selena: The Series” throughout the summer and earlier fall, Netflix officially dropped its biggest news yet with a teaser.

And there’s no doubt the nostalgia and passion of it all will make you tear up and ready for some cumbia.

Released on Tuesday, the Netflix series’ trailer teased a first look of actress Christian Serratos as the Tejano Queen in all of her jumpsuit glory.

This past August, Netflix announced that they had cast Serratos, best known for her roles in “The Walking Dead,” “Twilight,” and the Nickelodeon show “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide,” as the beloved Mexican-American singer. In the newly released one-minute trailer, Serratos can be seen channeling Selena’s classic looks as she looks over a script and practices some of the singer’s most recognizable dance moves. Donned in red lipstick, feathered bangs and later Selena’s iconic purple jumpsuit,  Serratos can also be seen greeting the two stars, Ricardo Chavira and Seidy Lopez, playing her parents Abraham and Marcella Quintanilla.

The Netflix teaser trailer ends with someone out of frame calling, “Alright, Christian, We’re ready to shoot” before Serratos gives a smirk to the camera and stepping on stage to sing “Como La Flor.”

The series, which was created with the participation of the Quintanilla family and announced by Netflix last December, has already garnered quite a bit of anticipation online.

 Back in 1997, the casting process for the singer had the Latino community astir for months until it was finally revealed that then-dancer, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez (still known as a triple threat for her moves, voice and acting chops) had earned the role. The Boricua’s casting caused quite the controversy primarily because she was not Mexican. This time around, Netflix kept the controversy in mind while conducting casting. In a recent interview with NBC News, Moisés Zamora– who is the head writer and one of the executive producers for the show– explained how crucial it was for him to ensure Mexican- identity was strongly included in the show.

“I associated her with my family and being Mexican in America,” he told the outlet at the time while highlighting how the younger singer was shaped by her identity of being a woman of Mexican heritage who also grew up in Corpus Christi while speaking English.

For the latest portrayal of Selena, the executive producer was involved in the casting of Serratos, a Latina of both Mexican and Italian descent.

Serratos knows all about breathing life into deceased characters.

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For four seasons she has raged against the undead in “The Walk Dead” and in her earlier career played Angela Webber, friend to Bella Swan lover of vampires, in Twilight.

According to outlets, it’s unclear how the series will tackle Quintanilla’s vocals.

Back when Lopez took her turn as the singer, she was made to lip-sync to Quintanilla’s vocals. We’re pretty sure that if Netflix doesn’t decide to do the same, they’ll be in good hands because Serratos voice is banging. She even sings “Baila Esta Cumbia” in this compilation!

So far fans of Selena are on board with the news.

Of course, while most of the reactions to Serratos casting have been positive the TWD club is a bit worried.

Okay TBH it feels like a worthy sacrifice.

If fans of “The Walking Dead” are this bummed over possibly losing Serratos, that means she must be pretty damn good at taking on great roles. So here’s to Serratos and her new role! Hopefully, for TWD fans she’ll be able to juggle both… if not bidi bidi bom bom.