What Drove Yolanda Saldivar to Kill Selena? Was Jealousy the Motive Behind Selena’s Murder?



Selena Quintanilla a beloved Tejano music star, shocked the fans because of her unexpected passing. Fans around the corners of the world are seeking answers to her loss. It is not just the loss of the music community but also of the fans. Her murder spread widespread speculation and controversies around the corner of the world.

Let’s find out the complex motives of Yolanda behind her intention of murdering Selena. Let’s take a deep dive into the various theories and statements surrounding why Yolanda Saldivar killed Selena.


Selena Quintanilla

April 16, 1971

Lake Jackson, Texas, U.S.
Died March 31, 1995 (aged 23)

Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
Cause of death Murder (gunshot wound)
Burial place Seaside Memorial Park, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
Monuments Mirador de la Flor
Other names Selena Quintanilla-Pérez
Alma mater Pacific Western University (BBA)
  • Singer
  • fashion designer
Chris Pérez

(m. 1992)

  • Abraham Isaac Quintanilla Jr. (father)
  • Marcella Ofelia Samora (mother)
  • A.B. Quintanilla III (brother)
  • Suzette Quintanilla (sister)

Who Was Selena Quintanilla Perez?

Selena Quintanilla Perez was born on April 16, 1971, in Lake Jackson, Texas, U.S., and passed away on March 31, 1995, at the young age of 23 in Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S. She was a popular American singer, professionally known as Selena. She was one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the late 20th century because of her contribution to music and fashion.

Mac Miller Has Left Us! Discover, what led to the tragic passing of Mac Miller?

why did yolanda kill selena

Her clothing choices also captured the attention of people and various media outlets started calling her “Tejano Madonna.” Her name was also listed as the “Greatest Latino Artists of All Time” in the 2020 Billboard Magazine. She is well-recognized for launching the Tejano genre into the mainstream market.

What Happened to Selena Quintanilla?

Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla, gave Yolanda access to the fan club of the singer in San Antonio, Texas. In such a short period, the group surged to thousands of members. Furthermore, she became the manager of Selena’s boutique too.

At the boutique, she was responsible for business checking accounts but she failed to provide paychecks and Abraham suspects Yolanda was engaged in stealing money from both including fan club and the boutique. Yolanda was fired but she was in contact with the singer because, at that time, she still had some financial paperwork.

The Question Looms! What led to the passing of football legend Pele?

Selena wanted to clear every document that was left with Yolanda so she decided to meet her at a Days Inn in Corpus Christi. On that day, Yolanda brought a gun with her and shot her. According to the information provided by a witness, Yolanda pointed the gun at her while Selena was running and chased her, as well as called her a “bitch”

Selena was so courageous that she finally went to reach her home in such a bad condition. Later on, she died because of losing blood in the hospital. Before proceeding further, take a look at the sudden death of Juan Gabriel.

Who Was Yolanda Saldívar?

Yolanda Saldívar was born on September 19, 1960. She is an American former nurse who came into the eye of the public for what she has done in the past. She was convicted of murdering Tejano musician Selena Quintanilla-Pérez in 1995. She was also the president of Selena’s fan club and the manager of her boutiques.

What led to the passing of civil rights icon Rosa Parks?

Born September 19, 1960 (age 63)

San Antonio, Texas, US
  • Nurse
  • fan club president
  • retail manager
Criminal status Incarcerated at Patrick O’Daniel Unit in Gatesville, Texas
Conviction(s) First-degree murder of Selena
Criminal penalty Life imprisonment (minimum of 30 years)

Later on, she lost the position of working under Selena because of her lawsuit for murdering Selena at that time when her parents found out that she was stealing money misappropriate method from both organizations. She got life imprisonment but there are chances of her parole after 30 years. Check out, MF Doom’s untimely death.

why did yolanda kill selena

Why Did Yolanda Saldivar Kill Selena Quintanilla?

Many people believed Yolanda killed Selena out of jealousy or as revenge for being fired. However, in a 1995 interview with ABC’s 20/20, Yolanda claimed that she did not kill Selena intentionally. She said, “They made me out to be a monster, and I just want to say, I did not kill Selena. It was an accident, and my conscience is clear.”

A tribute to the “Crocodile Dundee” star! What led to the untimely death of David Gulpilil?

Yolanda further stated that Selena had not informed her of the dismissal before their meeting at the motel. Yolanda claimed that she pulled out a gun and threatened to commit suicide if Selena insisted on staying. Allegedly, Selena tried to calm the situation by closing the motel door and engaging in a private conversation.

She added, “And when she was walking to the door, she was going at an angle, and I told her, ‘Don’t close the door.’ And in that instant, the gun went off. I didn’t feel safe. It was my self-defense that if anything came my way, I was going to protect myself. I was fearful.” Explore, the cause of O.J. Simpson’s passing.


The murder of Selena Quintanilla by Yolanda Saldívar due to jealousy, betrayal, or revenge for being dismissed from her position. She claimed that the shooting was accidental but the reports state that it was intentionally done.

We appreciate your interest in staying informed with the latest news on the Trending News Buzz website. Keep checking back for new articles and developments that matter to you.