Although it seems like just yesterday, 22 years ago, Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was murdered by the president of her fan club.
The 23-year-old’s final performance for 65,000 people at the Houston Astrodome lives on for 55 glorious minutes on YouTube and in Texans’ hearts.
Earlier this year, San Angelo 6-year-old Ayvah Vega hosted a Selena-themed birthday party worthy of ‘Selenas’ herself:
And the 1997 biopic starring none other than Jennifer Lopez as Selena is 20 years old this year. The resemblance is uncanny, and the whole movie is still worth a watch today:
On March 31, 1995, Yolanda Saldívar shot Selena in the back after she went to confront Saldívar for her fraudulent work as president of the singer’s fan club. It’s estimated Saldívar embezzled more than $60,000 from supporters and was ultimately convicted of first degree murder for her vengeful crime.
Barbara Walters gave Saldívar about 15 minutes to explain herself on 20/20:
Unfortunately, the actual Quintanilla-Pérez family is still embroiled in Selena’s cruel fate. Her widowed husband, Chris, and the Quintanilla family were involved in a lawsuit until this February, when a judge ordered Pérez to stop production of the television series he authored about his late wife.
Although it may not be coming to television any time soon, you can read the basis for Pérez’s show’s script in his book, “To Selena, with Love.”
Gone too soon, but never forgotten. RIP, Selena.