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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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Selena’s Family Says They’re Ready For The Grammys And They’ll Accept The Award For Her

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Selena’s Family Says They’re Ready For The Grammys And They’ll Accept The Award For Her

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Recently, it was announced that this year’s Grammy Awards were postponed until March thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic. The news disappointed many Selena fans who were excited to see her posthumously awarded a lifetime achievement award.

However, her family has reiterated their intent to collect the award on Selena’s behalf, with her brother telling TMZ that they plan to make a family affair out of it.

Selena’s brother A.B. says the family is ready to accept her posthumous Grammy.

Selena’s older broth, A.B. Quintanilla recently spoke to TMZ about the family accepting Selena’s latest Grammy on her behalf. He said with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Selena’s parents will most likely stay home and that he and his sister Suzette Quintanilla will be in attendance if there’s an in-person ceremony.

“Coming on the end of [the pandemic], I would say that it’s not safe for my mother and father,” A.B. said. “They probably would be staying in.”

The Academy recently announced that the award show would be a smaller, virtual event taking place in March. But that’s no issue according to A.B. He said that he’s got grand plans to turn his sister’s award into a family affair and that they’ve got their popcorn ready.

He also says it feels like Selena’s still here whenever she wins an award or sets new records, even though it’s been a quarter-century since she was murdered.

“It’s kind of bittersweet because she’s breaking these records and she’s doing wonderful things but unfortunately she’s not here,” he admits. “It’s strange how people in their mindset, and even with me sometimes, it feels like she is here…I’m just happy to have been a part of it and that people are still enjoying the beautiful art that made because those pieces that Selena made, in the music world, those are van Gogh’s.”

A.B. also spoke about Netflix’s Selena: The Series, which debuted last month.

He said the series sheds more light on how their family played a part in Selena’s success. A.B. was Selena’s primary producer and songwriter and Suzette was the drummer in her band.

It would be great to see the whole family [accept Selena’s award],” A.B. said. “As people are seeing in the series, this was a family effort. A lot of people are in shock going, ‘Whoa A.B.! We didn’t know you were the guy that wrote the hits and you wrote the music and you had so much pressure on you.’ I’m very grateful for the series and for people learning from the series.”

The Grammy will not be Selena’s first.

In 1994, she became the first female Tejano singer to win in the Best Mexican-American Album category. During her award acceptance speech, Selena thanked her family. Her brother and sister helped to write, produce, and also played instruments on the album. Selena’s father Abraham worked as her manager.

Selena was nominated after her first Grammy win in 1995 for her fourth studio album, Amor Prohibido. Though she did not win the award, was thankful to be thought of in such high regard. She told a reporter at the time, “Just to be around these artists who are considered to be heavyweights is an honor.”

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Part 2 Of “Selena: The Series” Has Already Finished Filming And Here’s Everything We Know About The Next Season

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Part 2 Of “Selena: The Series” Has Already Finished Filming And Here’s Everything We Know About The Next Season

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Say the word “Selena,” and your mind is probably filled with the opening beats of “Como La Flor,” the Tejano singer’s famous ballad. Selena Quintanilla’s legacy has been explored in acclaimed movies, podcasts, documentaries, and now, a Netflix show. The first part of Selena: The Series premiered on December 4 and is guaranteed a second season.

But what do we know about part two of the series?

Selena: The Series is reigniting interest in our beloved Selena like never before but what’s next for the series?

Selena: The Series covers the life of the late Selena Quintanilla, so how does Netflix’s narrative compare to the true story? Crucially, the first nine episodes only cover the first 20 years of the subject’s life, which means that Selena part 2 will focus on Selena’s evolution into a Tejano superstar before her tragic 1995 death.

Part 1 of the Netflix series addresses the most relevant events, and tweaks certain facts for dramatic purposes. It’s also being met with mixed responses from both critics and viewers alike. But one thing is certain, the series is helping introduce an entirely new generation to the life of one of Latin music’s biggest stars.

The second season has already wrapped filming and it will focus on a very different part of Selena’s life.

Ever since the project was announced, it was confirmed that it would be a two-part limited series. As viewers already know, part one consisted on nine episodes, but it’s unclear how many will make up the second part.

The initial season has largely focused on the 1990 release of Selena’s album, Ven Conmigo, and her family’s discovery of her secret relationship with Pérez.

The next season will likely feature the release of Selena’s first English-language album and her 1992 elopement to Chris before her death and her ill-fated meeting with Yolanda Saldívar (Natasha Perez), the woman responsible for her 1995 murder.

Netflix has yet to confirm when viewers can expect the conclusion of Selena. However, Serratos confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that production had already wrapped—no COVID-19 delays here! Considering that timeline, season 2 could premiere in the first half of 2021. Worth noting: April 16, 2021 would’ve been Selena Quintanilla’s 50th birthday, an event that may be tied to the season’s release.

Season 2 Selena will be “more of the icon.” 

For all of its flaws, the first season of Selena: The Series has helped introduce a new generation to the iconic Latina. And it’s given viewers an introduction to part of the singer not everyone was familiar with. Fans have explored Selena’s childhood and her introduction to music.

But season 2 will focus more on the singer’s megastardom, according to Serratos. “The first part was nerve-racking because there was less footage for me to base my performance on. But at the same time it was more relaxed, because I got more liberty. People don’t know that version of Selena very much,” she told OprahMag.com. “Our second part we’re going to see a lot more of the icon. I had a lot more to base the performance on—but it was nerve-racking because people know that Selena so well. There was added pressure.”

It doesn’t look like there will be any major changes to the cast for part two.

It looks like much of the same cast from part one will also be featured in part two of the series. The ensemble includes Serratos as Selena, Chavira as Abraham, Posey as Chris, Seidy Lopez as Selena’s mother Marcella, Noemi Gonzalez as Selena’s sister and drummer Suzette, and Gabriel Chavarria as Selena’s brother and producer A.B. Natasha Perez’s Yolanda will also play a larger role in season 2 as she gets closer to Selena’s life and business. 

Moisés Zamora (American Crime) returns as the series creator, writer, and executive producer alongside producers Jaime Dávila, Rico Martinez, and Simran A. Singh. Members of the real-life Quintanilla family are also involved with both seasons as executive producers, including Abraham and Suzette.

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