Murder of Selena
Posted by: JimmyEv
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Quick Description: In room 158 (renumbered to 156), Selena was shot to death by her fan-club manager, Yolanda Saldivar, on March 31, 1995.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 6/22/2007 6:03:19 AM
Waymark Code: WM1Q6W
If you've seen the movie Selena
, you know the story. Selena Quintanilla Perez, a budding Tejano diva, was shot by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Salvidar. Salvidar had been stealing money from the fanclub, and Selena had discovered her misdeeds.
According to newspaper reports, Selena was shot outside of Saldivar's room, then ran, screaming, to the lobby of the motel. Saldivar holed-up in her pick-up truck. The police were summoned and Selena was taken to the hospital, where she later died. Saldivar remained in her pick-up for nine-and-a-half hours until police were finally able to arrest her.
Saldivar's trial was moved to Houston due to publicity in Corpus Christi. She was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Like other singers, Selena's musical career improved after her death, creating a mini-industry for her family.
After Selena's death, fans would come to the motel, leaving gifts. To discourage this practice, management has changed the room numbers. But the motel is still open, and still publicly accessible.