On March 31, 1995 in Corpus Christi, Texas, Latina singer Selena Quintanilla was murdered by her “number one fan,” Yolanda Saldívar.
Four years earlier, at Saldívar’s persistent request, the 34-year-old nurse was appointed head of Selena’s fan club. Then, in 1994, as Selena catapulted to English-Spanish stardom, Saldívar was promoted to manager of the “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” singer’s boutiques. Things between the two began souring when associates of Selena’s started complaining about Saldívar’s messy managing approach.
After receiving handfuls of phone calls from outraged fans who had paid for memberships only to be continuously stiffed, Selena’s father began investigating the issue. Turns out, Saldívar — using forged checks and other forms of thievery — had stolen over $60,000 of the singer’s money.
Selena and her family confronted Saldívar, and on the afternoon of March 30, Selena expressed to a boutique employee her intentions to fire the former fan-club manager. The next morning, Selena made her way to the Days Inn where Saldívar was staying. Upon arrival, Saldívar told Selena she’d been raped in Mexico. Selena transported Saldívar to a nearby hospital where medical staff informed Saldívar of their inability to assist her. The two then returned to the Days Inn where an argument ensued. Selena reportedly dumped out the contents of Saldívar’s purse, exposing both stolen bank statements and a gun Saldívar had recently purchased.
Saldívar pointed the gun at Selena and fired one shot, severing an artery and generating massive blood loss. Selena — screaming for help — ran to the motel’s lobby where she collapsed. Her last words to the motel staff gathered around her trembling body were Saldívar’s name and room number. When the paramedics arrived, Selena’s heart was faintly beating and one medic — observing the large lake of blood surrounding the singer’s body — said aloud, “It’s too late.”