• Yolanda Saldivar is a former nurse and president of a fan club who is serving a life sentence for murdering Selena Quintanilla-Perez
• Yolanda was born in San Antonio, Texas and was raised by her parents who were a head waiter and nurse
• Yolanda became president of Selena's fan club and was later fired for stealing money from Selena
• Yolanda is currently serving her sentence in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s prison Mountain Views Unit and has a chance for parole on 30 March 2025
• Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an influential Latin singer and philanthropist who released several albums and appeared in multiple TV series and movies

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FactShe is currently serving a life sentence in a Texas prison for the murder of Tejano singer, Selena, which occurred on March 31, 1995. She will be eligible for parole in 2025. [September 2006].

Where is Yolanda Saldivar now and is she still alive? Wiki Bio

Yolanda Saldivar was born in San Antonio, Texas USA, on 19 September 1960 – her zodiac sign is Virgo and she holds American nationality. She is a former nurse and the president of a fan club who became ‘popular’ on the internet after she was arrested for the murder of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, who was an American singer, actress and a model.

There have been rumors circulating the internet that Yolanda has died in prison, but these have turned out to be false.

Childhood and education

Yolanda was raised in San Antonio alongside her older brother by their father who was working as a head waiter at a Mexican restaurant, and their mother who was a nurse at a local hospital.

Yolanda became interested in following in her mother’s footsteps, and while attending high school, she dreamt about becoming a model and an actress, as with most of her peers. Several years after she matriculated. Yolanda enrolled at the University of Texas, and in March 1991, she became a registered nurse after she obtained her license from the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners.

Murdering Selena

Yolanda went to a single Selena concert, and after hearing her sing became obsessed with her, and called her father Abraham Quintanilla Jr. numerous times before he allowed her to start a fan club of Selena in San Antonio.

Yolanda was chosen to serve as the club’s president and was soon invited to work as the manager of Selena Etc. which is Selena’s clothes boutique. It took four years for the fun club to gather 5,000 members, becoming one of the biggest fan clubs in San Antonio.

In early 1995, Selena and her family found out that Yolanda was stealing from them, and she was fired in March. Yolanda was in the possession of financial records which were needed by Selena, and after not being willing to give it to Selena for several days, the two agreed to meet at a motel in Corpus Christi, Texas where Yolanda claimed she was raped.

Selena drove her to a hospital at which a doctor established Yolanda wasn’t raped, and when the two women returned to the motel, Yolanda shot Selena in the back with her .38 Taurus Model 85 gun. Selena made her way to the lobby where the clerk called the police and the hospital, however, she died at the hospital due to blood loss.

The trial was held in Houston, Texas because Yolanda’s lawyers believed she wouldn’t get a fair trial in Selena’s hometown. Before it started, the CNN network reported that Yolanda’s attorneys would claim that she didn’t fire her gun deliberately, and that the entire event was accidental. The trial wasn’t shown on TV although cameras were allowed in the courtroom, and after Yolanda’s lawyers claimed it was all an accident, the prosecutors stated that Yolanda failed to call 911 even though she was a nurse, and she didn’t in fact do anything to help Selena.

It was also proven that the gun Yolanda used had a heavy trigger and it took a lot of pressure for it to fire meaning she couldn’t have fired it by accident. On 23 October 1995, Yolanda was found guilty of first degree murder, and on 26 October the judge sentenced her to spend the rest of her life in jail, giving her a chance of parole after 30 years. Yolanda’s gun was found only seven years later in 2002, in the house of a court reporter, and was later tossed into the Corpus Christi Bay. Yolanda filed her petition to challenge the court’s decision in 2000 but it wasn’t reviewed until 31 March 2008, and it didn’t pass.

Yolanda is currently serving her sentence at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s prison Mountain Views Unit in Gatesville, and she will have her chance for parole on 30 March 2025.

Love life and husband

According to the court statements, Yolanda was single when she murdered Selena, and hadn’t married in the past nor had any children, however, it is widely believed that she was seeing a mysterious man, and that he encouraged her to steal money from Selena. It is believed by many that the man was a drug addict, and that the money stolen by Yolanda was used mostly by him, while she also gave some to her family.

Yolanda hasn’t been visited in prison by any men who might be considered as her boyfriend or husband, and it is believed that she is currently single. Other rumors have it that she has found a girlfriend in jail, and that the two have been looking after one another for years now, but these haven’t been confirmed.

Appearance and net worth

Yolanda is 59 years old. She has long curly brown hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 2ins (1.57m) tall, and weighs around 115lbs (53kgs). As of June 2020, Yolanda’s net worth is said to be over $1 million most of which she has stolen from Selena’s fan club and her boutiques – Selena’s net worth at the time of her death was estimated at over $10 million.

Who was Selena Quintanilla? Wiki Bio

Selena Quintanilla-Perez was born in Lake Jackson, Texas USA, on 16 April 1971 – her zodiac sign was Aries and she held American nationality. Selena was regarded as the Queen of Tejano music, and is thought to be one of the most influential Latin singers who have ever lived.

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez

Selena was raised alongside her older siblings Abraham III and Suzette by their mother Marcella Ofelia Quintanilla who was a housewife, and their father Abraham Quintanilla Jr. who was a musician. It was her father that noticed Selena was a talented singer, and she began performing at the age of seven at his restaurant Tex-Mex. The restaurant closed after a year, the Quintanilla family went bankrupt, and they moved to Corpus Christi where Quintanilla Jr. started working as the manager of Selena’s band Selena y Los Dinos. She had to leave elementary school after becoming somewhat famous, and was homeschooled, eventually obtaining her high school certification from the American School of Correspondence in 1989.

She went on to attend Pacific Western University, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993, and she then bought an old bus and toured around the states with her family. They were very poor and made barely enough money for food, but this changed after 17 October 1989 when she released her self-titled album, and she was then invited to appear in two Coca-Cola commercials. The music for these was composed by Chris Perez, who would later become Selena’s boyfriend.

Selena’s second album, “Ven Conmigo” was released in 1990, and she went on to release three more albums before she was murdered: “Entre a Mi Mundo” in 1992, “Amor Prohibido” in 1994, and “Dreaming of You” in 1995.

The vigil was held at Bayfront Plaza in Corpus Christi, and there were 78,000 signatures in the book of condolence; Selena was buried on 3 April 1995 at Seaside Memorial Park, with over 600 people attending.

Selena was a philanthropist who was a member of the organization Toys for Tots from when she was a teenager. She often visited schools to discuss the importance of education with students, urging them to finish high school and college before pursuing their careers, while she also talked against alcohol and drugs. She held several benefit concerts and in January 1995 performed at the Teach the Children festival held in San Antonio – all receipts went to a non-profit organization.

Selena appeared in two TV series and a single movie, and after her death, her footages were shown in six movies and TV series, while there were eight episodes shot for the true crime documentary series such as “American Justice” in 1998, “Famous Crime Scene” in 2010, and “Snapped” in 2010.

General Info

Full NameYolanda Saldívar
EducationPalo Alto College, University of Texas at Austin


ParentsJuanita Saldívar, Frank Saldívar

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1She is currently serving a life sentence in a Texas prison for the murder of Tejano singer, Selena, which occurred on March 31, 1995. She will be eligible for parole in 2025. [September 2006].



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