Selena Quintanilla was killed on March 31, 1995, but questions about her religion are still unanswered. She went to meet her manager Yolanda Saldivar on that fateful day, but little did she know that Yolanda had planned to kill her.
Let’s revisit her murder scene to understand what went wrong and how is her religion related to her death….
Selena Quintanilla learned that Yolanda Saldivar, her fan club president and manager of her boutiques, was embezzling money. She called Yolanda Saldivar to show her bank statements. Yolanda promised to share the financial statements in Days Inn motel.
At the motel, the guests heard the two women arguing over bank papers before they heard a gunshot and saw Selena Quintanilla, bleeding profusely, rushing out to the lobby calling everyone to help. The help arrived at once and she was taken to a nearby Corpus Christi Memorial hospital where doctors tried their best to save Selena Quintanilla but couldn’t.
What happened inside the motel?
Yolanda Saldivar delayed handling the financial papers and brought out a gun from her purse instead. Selena Quintanilla rushed outside on seeing the gun but Yolanda shot on her shoulder severing her subclavian artery.
Doctors had to overlook her religious beliefs while saving her life
Since Selena Quintanilla was bleeding heavily, doctors had to give her blood transfusion and it is where they compromised with her religious beliefs. Her father Abraham Quintanilla Jr. wasn’t happy with the blood transfusion because it was against their religious beliefs. They follow Jehovah’s Witnesses.
All attempts to revive the 23-year-old singer were successful and she was pronounced dead. At the motel, Yolanda Saldivar surrendered before the police and she’s now serving her life sentence in prison. She’s up for parole only in 2025.
What did her father say about her death and celebrations?
Her father had mixed feelings about the celebrations post her demise. He said that didn’t celebrate deaths or birthdays because they didn’t want people to think they were behind all the festivities. He further said that they remembered their daughter every single day and that they didn’t need a specific day to remember her.