Selena Quintanilla -P érez was an American singer of Mexican descent who excelled in the tex -mex and ranchera genres. Known worldwide as Selena, she  was one of the most famous Latin singers with sales of over 40 million copies.

The tragic story of singer Selena who was murdered by the president of her fan club
The tragic story of singer Selena who was murdered by the president of her fan club

On March 31, 1995, the world "froze" when it became known that Celina Gidanilla Perez (known by her nickname) was falling dead from a ball of her admirer.

The American singer, originally from Mexico, was extremely popular and was even given the title of "Madonna of Latin music".

Her death, a few days before the age of 24, shocked the world, while the fact that she fell dead from the hands of the former president of the official fan club of the singer and former nurse, Yolanda Salvidar , added a more tragic dimension to the case.

Selina started her career at the age of 9 as a "child prodigy" and later went on to become one of the most commercial Latin singers with record sales of over 60 million.

In fact, it was such a cult on the face of the Texan singer that the then governor of Texas, George W. Bush, a few days after her assassination, declared her birthday "Celina Day" which is still reverently celebrated by her fans. who 25 years after her death, have not forgotten her.

The life and death of the unfortunate singer

The Selina Gkintanigia (such was her name) was born in Texas. Her father was Mexican and her mother half Cherokee. From the age of 3 she started singing while at the age of 9 her father formed a band with his three children, called "Selena y Los Dinos".

They gave their first performances in a family restaurant, which went bankrupt after a while. So they moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, where they played music mainly on the streets, but also at weddings and other social events. However, as Selina became more and more popular, the demands became greater, with the result that her father took her away from school.

In 1985, at the age of 14, she made her first album but her father took all the first copies. The album was re-released in 1995 as "Mis Primeras Grabaciones" (My first recordings). Her talent was unquestionable and recognition soon came.

Thus, in 1987 at the "Tejano Music Awards", Selina won the award for "Best Female Singer". And so, the way to great success was opened, while she was soon given the title of "next Gloria Stephen".

In 1988, the young Selina met Chris Perez, whom her father approved to join the family band, but she had great objections to the love that was born between the two young people. And Selina may not have gone against her father's wishes, but in his refusal to marry Perez, she was stubborn and finally managed to give his approval for the marriage.

So, on April 2, 1992, Celina and Chris were married in Texas. Successes followed one another and Selina gained more and more fans. And somewhere there a nurse named Yolanda Saldivar suggested to Celina's father to open a fan club. Her proposal was accepted and since the idea was hers, he anointed her director.

It was in early 1995 that the Quintanias discovered that Yolanda Saldivar was stealing money from the club's coffers, which she managed. And they fired her with summary proceedings. Three weeks later, Celina and Saldivar arranged to meet at the Days Inn Hotel in Corpus Christi to get the financial records that Salvivar had denied she had.

But Yolanda did not bring them because -as she claimed- she was raped in Mexico. So Selina took her to a local hospital where after none of the tests showed any findings of rape and consequently did not confirm her allegations.

When they returned to the hotel, Selina demanded the financial records again. Then Saldivar took a gun out of her bag and marked it. The young singer tried to escape but did not succeed because Yolanda shot her in the right shoulder. Severely injured, Selina ran to the lobby for help. There, he collapsed while the officer called the police. Worst of all, her killer kept looking for her and calling her a "bitch".

Selina died at the hospital where she was taken to the hospital at 01:05 on March 31, 1995 , sixteen days before her 24th birthday.

Celina's murder had caused not only grief, but also anger, especially in the Latin American community of Texas, which was found outside the court.

The trailer for the new Netflix series

The story of the undefeated singer is "revived" through the Netflix news.

It deals with the rise of the undefeated Selina, from the small jobs she had in Texas, to a phenomenon of Latin music.

" Selena: The Series " was released almost two years ago and consists of two episodes. Jaime Dávila, Rico Martinez, Hiromi Kamata and Suzette Quintanilla, Celina's sister and former collaborator of the band, are among the executive producers.

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