Unspeakable Times

Details Behind Selena's Murder

The shocking murder of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez on March 31, 1995, stunned audiences all around the world. As one of the best Tejano artists of all time, Selena was standing at the precipice of a great career right before her death. Born in 1971, the Mexican-American showed an affinity for all kinds of music at a young age. Unfortunately, her family's restaurant went out of business in 1981, and the struggling Quintanillas decided to hit the road as a band called Selena y Los Dinos. Thus, Selena began performing at the tender age of nine.

By eighth grade, Selena's father pulled her out of school so she could devote all of her time to her growing musical career. This may have been a questionable strategy, but it did lead to success. Selena won two Tejano Music Awards in 1987, which opened the door for six hit albums. By 1994, Selena received her first Grammy nomination, sold approximately 500,000 copies of her Amor Prohibido (Forbidden Love) album, and was well-poised to finish transitioning into mainstream success.

However, the very next year, 1995, her friend and fan club manager, Yolanda Saldívar, turned her into a huge news story for all the wrong reasons. Selena was only 23 when Saldívar fatally shot her. Sadly, Selena became one of the greatest musicians who died before 30. The shockwave of Selena's murder quickly reverberated through the Mexican-American and Latino communities, and the singer's music became more popular than ever. Saldívar was ultimately convicted and sentenced to prison for life. To find out more about Selena's unfortunate death, read on below.