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.
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.”
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.
“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.
On March 9, 1993, Selena and her father confronted Salvídar about the checks and threatened to call authorities to report the crime.
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.
On March 31, 1995, Salvídar called Selena and asked her to meet at a Days Inn to talk.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.