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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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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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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)

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(Part 2)

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Little Boy On His Way to Kindergarten Tells His Mom ‘Don’t Be Scared’

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Little Boy On His Way to Kindergarten Tells His Mom ‘Don’t Be Scared’

Prepare yourself to desperately want kids if you don’t already. Possibly the cutest kid alive went to Kindergarten for the first time on Monday, and was feeling very ready. That said, his mom was far less ready to see her baby boy go off to school for the first time. So she did what any other mom would do–she asked him to “tell [her] something to help [her] feel better.” Oh, and she recorded everything and his response went viral on Twitter because it’s 2019.

Now, Twitter is begging the Universe to impregnate them so they can have a perfect muñeco lindo like this one.

“You’re going to your first day of Kindergarten.” his mom says. “How do you feel?”

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“Good,” he says matter of factly. “Good? You feel good?” she asks. “No,” he says. Incredulous, she double checks with her son and he answers her again, “No!” He’s not nervous, auntie.

“You’re not nervous? I’m nervous. Can you tell me something to make me feel better?”

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Just two weeks prior, a white supremacist drove 10 hours to El Paso, Texas to specifically target Latinos. He killed 22 people with an assault-type rifle. Everyone is scared. Except for this pequeño.

“Umm… Just please don’t be scared ’cause there’s nothing to be afraid of,” he comforts his mom. At this point, all the comments look like this: “THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING I’VE SEEN.”

What the hell how is this kid 40 already?” asks one fan.

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Another commented, “I feel like 1 conversation with him, he can help me file my taxes, figure out why I’m depressed, tell me what foods to eat that can burn fat while I sleep and tell me the meaning of life. He GENIUS smart, I can tell. Lol”

Other parents could relate to Liz’s fears and are hoping their kid feels as confident as this little one.

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Another dad was commiserating with the mom’s fear, knowing he had to drop his daughter off at school soon, too. “This is awesome!” he tweeted. “Next week my baby starts kindergarten and I swear daddy is gonna be in tears to see my princess go somewhere without me being there! So I feel you on this”

His official “First Day of School” pic is even more precious. 

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Based in Fort Worth, Texas, Liz is clearly cultivating a bright kid. She captioned this photo, “So masterfully created and crafted. Wildfire-setting all things in his path ablaze.” she  An uncontrolled, genuine, grateful, innocuous, exuberant, kind, and messy version of two humans. A concoction of inquiries with very little answers, yet the burning question still rises within me…how am I so fortunate to know you? How giving Mother Earth has been for gifting us you.”

Folks have asked, “how is he so emotionally intelligent at such a young age?” Liz is raising him so, so right.

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She captioned this photo from March: “Boys will be boys, with respectful demeanors who hold the aptitude to take no for an answer.” I’m sobbing.

“Trust your offspring and they will deliver honesty,” she continues. “Remind them that it’s okay to cry, then laugh with them when the tears subside. Teach boys to water their gardens so that they can watch their flowers bloom until they are old enough to pick the right one.”

Everyone is wishing him a happy first day of school, and even offering to send him care packages.

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This new fan is just enamored with him. She tracked down Liz’s Instagram and commented, “Twitter brought me here, amazing kid with a big future ahead. Keep him protected at all cost. I don’t know of your life, but if you are a single parent. You are doing an amazing job 💙 reminds me of the bond I have with my mom. If you can send me anything he likes, books, snacks, toys. I’d love to send him a care package!

Seems like his first day might have been more boring than anticipated.

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Just 17 more years to go, pequeño! Chin up! Well, not *that* up. This kid has gotten more bendiciones in one day than most of us have had in our whole lives, so we know he’s going places. He’s been dubbed a “hero” and folks are looking to him “to do soo much in the future.”

Shoutout to this kid for giving Texas something to smile about.

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Also, Liz, can you write up a brief parenting course for everyone else out here? Brava.

READ: Bad Bunny Just Dropped a Line of Notebooks With Walmart And We are Officially Ready To Head Back To School

Suzette Quintanilla Tried Distancing Herself From A Man Who Revitalized A Selena Mural But He Had The Receipts

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Suzette Quintanilla Tried Distancing Herself From A Man Who Revitalized A Selena Mural But He Had The Receipts

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If you’re paying attention to all things Quintanilla, you know that the family is fiercely protective over the late Selena’s image and trademark. That fight has recently erupted over Eric Lee Tunchez’s promotion and revamping of the Molina Selena mural. Tunchez is the founder of non-profit Stop Bullying Inc. and planned to pass out backpacks and school supplies at the event. The Quintanilla’s legal team sent a cease and desist letter to Stop Bullying Inc. accusing the organization of ‘unauthorized and unlawful marketing and promotion’ of the Selena themed Fiesta de Selena Mural.

The whole ordeal has boiled down to a he-said, she-said, but Tunchez has recently responded with screenshots of the email from Suzette, and now the Internet is outraged.

On July 31, 2018, Tunchez posted to Facebook that he got “blessings” from “Selena Quintanilla’s father, Abraham, to re-do the neighborhood mural on Elvira and Bloomington.”

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It seems as if Tunchez has been earnest in his year-long effort to unveil this mural for his community. In a Facebook post, Tunchez wrote, “I would like to share with everyone that I have been working hard to revitalize my old neighborhood Molina. Today, I got the blessings from the store owner of the Times Market and Selena Quintanilla’s father, Abraham, to re-do the neighborhood mural on Elvira and Bloomington.”

The day before the event, August 2nd, Tunchez was promoting the event as expected.

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“With the Quintanilla family collaboration and my passion to carry on the Selena mural tradition in the Molina neighborhood, the revitalized memorial will influence Latinos for generations to come,” Tunchez posted. He consistently has thanked and credited the Quintanilla family for the cooperation.

Then, the day of the event, Tunchez told folks that he “received a love letter (cease and desist letter) by the estate of the Selena Quintanilla.”

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“I understand, respect, and agree that people should not profit from Selena. It is very important to keep Selena clean,” Tunchez posted. “I’ve been inspired and she is a local icon and I in no way want to disrespect the family of Selena. My intent for today’s event is benign and is for the community of the Molina neighborhood.”

Then, he blamed “the corporate powers” that “want to stop today’s event, which I planned to hand out backpacks to disadvantaged families.”

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“Today, I received a love letter (cease and desist letter) by the estate of the Selena Quintanilla,” he continued. “We may need to go through a legal battle to compromise something for the community in which where this mural stands.”

Abraham Quintanilla told the Caller-Times that Tunchez did reach out about a year and a half ago about updating the mural, but “never collected money for the project.” The Quintanilla family then hired New York artist San Sigüenza to do the work. Tunchez “didn’t pay one penny … and is taking credit for everything,” Abraham said. 

Then, Suzette went on public television to denounce any contact she may have had with Tunchez.

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Tunchez tried to clear his name on Facebook with a rebuttal post. “Suzette Quintanilla went to public television and said she had no association with me in regard to the mural. She reached out to me about my project. I didn’t ask them for anything.”

Tunchez went on to say that “they want the credit for my efforts and work to revitalize the Molina. I think that is pure greed. I still hope we can compromise to keep this event at the Selena mural every year to promote education and give out school supplies. My energy and motivation will propel me to continue to create something that will last forever because my neighborhood would not like to take down this mural that inspires many generations of Tejanos.”

Buckle up, because Suzette released all hell and fury at Tunchez on her own Facebook platform.

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This is getting heated. “Now lets talk facts,” Suzette’s post continues. “FACT: This Mural was for the Molina Neighborhood, NOT to help promote anything you do sir. Never has been about you making money, its about you trying to use this mural for self glorification and wanting to use the Selena Trademark name and likeness to promote yourself. Our local newspaper failed to add the rest of the wording for the cease and Desist letter… AND /OR PROMOTE AND EVENT. thats a really important part. last thing I wanna share with everyone is my family and I have protect what is ours from day one and will continue to do so. This legacy Selena has left behind for all future generations is due to all of my family, we were a team. We created music from day one together since Sel was 9, I was 13 and AB 17. So we have all rights to do what we want what is ours.”

Tunchez then posted some receipts backing up his claim.

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Within hours of her Facebook post, Tunchez kept it simple. “Hey Suzette Quintanilla,” he writes. “The fact is your father gave me the blessing to find an artist to re-do a mural that was neglected. The fact is I wanted to make things better for my neighborhood Molina. The fact is Sandra Gonzalez was going to do the mural with West Oso art students. Fact is you denied that opportunity for our community and went with your artist San Siguenza from New York. The fact is we can take down the current mural in Molina and give our community the opportunity to do so still. I will leave that up to my community.”

He then included attachments of the email where he claims she “reached out… so please do not call me a liar. I’ve been really nice to you and you have been real mean to me. I don’t need your money. Let me know.”

People have opinions about all of this.

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Jesse Lino Villareal commented, “At the end of the day this was sopose to be a community thing and it has blown up to an Quintanilla thing…..this is about the Westside Molina not them folks….Selena was apart of this neighborhood he just wanted to honor her by helping revitalizing the mural……at the end of the day this is about the community not them other folks”

When someone replied with some legal facts like they can sue because they “own Selena rights,” someone else responds in all caps, “NO ONE OWNS A FOLK HERO LIKE SELENA. NO ONE.”

READ: Dying Over This OTT Selena-Themed Birthday Party That Had Yolanda Saldivar Present

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