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Latin Singer Selena Quintanilla's Killer Will Be Featured on Docuseries About the Late Singer's Life: Selena's Father is Outraged, "Everything she says is lies"

Selena. Photo/Instagram @selenaqofficial

Nearly thirty years after the 1995 murder of beloved Latin singer Selena Quintanilla-the "Queen of Tejano" music, the Oxygen Network will release a docuseries, "Selena & Yolanda: The Secrets Between Them," on Feb. 17. 

In March 1995, Selena's former employee, Yolanda Saldivar, shot and killed the star after their relationship soured over a dispute about money, and what Selena's family considered Yolanda's obsession with star. The singer's family accused Yolanda of stealing from the starlet's businesses while overseeing her boutique and fan club. According to A&E's 'American Justice' episode about the Corpus Chisti, Texas star's life, Saldivar, a then nurse, landed the opportunity to work with the popular singer after persistently asking Selena's father for a work opportunity.

The Quintanilla family eventually discovered Saldivar was stealing money from the singer's businesses and ended their relationship with her. However, the A&E special revealed that Selena failed to break ties with the ex-nurse and was willing to give her a second chance. 

The family alleged a day before the murder, Yolanda contacted the songstress for help, claiming she was raped while in Mexico and needed a ride to the hospital. Selena accompanied her to the hospital but suspected Yolanda was being dishonest after the hospital staff advised the results of her sexual assault exam were inconclusive. Upon returning to the Days Inn hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas, where Saldivar was staying, she shot and killed the 23-year-old Latin star. While using the defense that the shooting was an accident, the former nurse was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. It's rumored that Saldivar will be eligible for parole in 2025. In interviews over the years, the convicted killer has maintained that Selena's death was an accident. 

Yolanda Saldivar. Photo/Texas Department of Corrections

Selena's family is outraged about the upcoming docuseries; in an interview with TMZ, her father, Abraham Quintanilla, said their family had nothing to do with this project. He also questions why the network would involve the killer in a production about her life. Abraham added that he 'wants absolutely nothing to do with Yolanda' because "everything she says is nothing but lies." The singer's father is assured no one will believe her stories in the documentary, "Everyone knows there's zero truth to anything that comes out of her mouth."

Before her death, the Queen of Tejano music won a Grammy and was successfully crossing over into other genres of music. The hit singles "I Could Fall in Love" and "Dreaming of You," from her posthumous album, Dreaming of You, became especially popular upon her death. Two years after her passing, Hollywood released Selena, which was executive-produced by her father, and starred Jennifer Lopez. It became a highly successful film. In 2021, The Grammys honored Selena with a lifetime achievement award. The Quintanilla family continues her legacy—they operate the 'Selena' Museum in Corpus Christi, showcasing different relics from her life and career. Netflix released Selena: The Series in 2020. 

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