Don’t Believe Those Stories About Yolanda Saldivar, Selena’s Killer, Being Dead
Last week, a “news report” circulated on Facebook that stated Yolanda Saldívar, the woman convicted of killing Selena, was dead.Chicago Civic Tribune
Chicago Tribune = real newspaper. Chicago Civic Tribune = an Internet “news” site. The names are so similar that sometimes it’s hard for people to decipher what is real and what is not.
Some people really did believe that 22 years after Saldívar killed Selena Quintanilla, Saldívar had died in her cell.
Yeah, people were celebrating the news.
Yolanda Saldivar died in her prison cell.. Turn up or what? pic.twitter.com/2yAcPuNqN4
— RO (@RomanJr12_) July 13, 2017
This fan asked Chris Perez if he could confirm the story.Facebook
While the death of Saldívar might feel like closure to a tragic incident that has haunted many for decades, this story is indeed a hoax.
How do we know this story is a fake?Chicago Civic Tribune
For starters, no legitimate news source discussed this story at all. Secondly, check out how the story ends. Under “source” it literally says nothing. This “news site” doesn’t even try to hide the fact that they have zero sources to back up this story.
But real journalists did something pretty simple to find out if Saldívar had died.
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Two news outlets in Texas verified the status of Saldívar and got an official word from Robert Hurst with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
He said that Saldívar is “alive and well behind bars” at the Mountain View unit in Gatesville, Texas.
“Yolanda Saldívar is not hospitalized,” Hurst said. “She is not dead.”
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He also said that he hears about this rumor about once a year.
According to the San Antonio Express News, Saldívar is eligible for parole in 2025.
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