This page is for the real person. For the dramatization/character in the Netflix series, see Yolanda Saldivar/Netflix series.
Yolanda Saldivar (born on September 19, 1960 in San Antonio, Texas) is an American woman who is currently serving a life sentence in prison for murdering Tejano Singer Selena.
Yolanda was Selena's fan club president, who was later discovered embezzling money from both the fan club and Selena’s boutiques. On March 31st, she murdered Selena at the Days Inn Motel at Corpus Christi, she was charged with first-degree murder after a two-hour deliberation, she will be eligible for parole on March 2025, just 30 years after the singer's death. She's still in bars today.
Yolanda was the youngest of eight children born to Frank and Juanita Saldívar in San Antonio, Texas.
Her father was a head waiter at a Mexican restaurant called Jacala (located in the West End). She attended three different elementary schools in the Edgewood Independent School District.
Yolanda first attended Kennedy High School & then transferred to Holmes High School, followed by Jay High School before graduating from McCollum High School in 1979. While attending McCollum High, she belonged to the Junior ROTC.
In 1985, Yolanda was accepted at the University of Texas and then transferred to Palo Alto College where she studied to be a registered nurse.
Yolanda also began working as a graduate nurse at Medical Center Hospital. In March of 1990, she received her license as a registered nurse from the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners and earned $60,000 a year. She had to work part-time after adopting three children (one of them was her niece).
Yolanda's employers, Dr. Faustino Gomez (a dermatologist) sued her for $9,200 claiming that he said she stole from him starting in 1983. The lawsuit was eventually settled out of court.
Within two months, Yolanda was back in court again when the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation obtained a Travis County court judgement in Austin against her for failing to repay a student loan of $7,361. At that time, she had switched jobs and was working as a nurse at St. Luke's Lutheran Hospital.
In the next four years, Yolanda worked at two other hospitals. Having become a fan of Tejano music, she began attending artists' concerts.
After seeing a Shelly Lares concert in San Antonio, Texas, she asked her about starting a fan club, but Shelly's father declined the request.
Involvement with Selena
Yolanda was convinced by her friends to give Selena a try even though she originally disliked Selena because she dominated the Tejano Music Awards. After attending one of her concerts, Yolanda began repeatedly calling Selena's father, Abraham Quintanilla Jr about starting a fan club in San Antonio. Quintanilla eventually gave in to her requests and she immediately became the club's president.
By 1993, the fan club had reached 1,500 members in less than four years and it eventually grew to over 5,000, becoming one of the largest fan clubs in the San Antonio area.
She was later promoted as manager of Selena's clothing boutiques, Selena Etc.. In the spring of 1995, Selena's family discovered that Yolanda was embezzling money from the fan club and the boutiques, so they fired her.
Three weeks later on March 31, 1995, Selena agreed to meet Yolanda in a Corpus Christi Days Inn motel to get financial records that Yolanda refused to turn over. Yolanda delayed handing over the records, claiming that she was raped in Mexico. Selena took her to a hospital, but the doctors found no evidence that Yolanda was raped.
Selena and Yolanda returned to the motel where Selena demanded that Yolanda turn over the financial papers. After Yolanda finally gave her the financial papers, she pulled out a .38 Taurus Model 85 revolver from her purse and pointed it at Selena, deciding to murder her.
When Selena attempted to leave the room, Yolanda shot her in the back. Critically wounded, Selena ran towards the lobby for help and collapsed on the floor as the clerk called 911 with Yolanda chasing her, calling her a "bitch". Yolanda ran to her car, and tried to flee the motel, but a police car spotted her. So, she parked back into the parking lot.
At 1:05 p.m., Selena died in a hospital from blood loss (two weeks from her 24th birthday). A 9 hour standoff was held between the police and Saldívar at the Days Inn parking lot, while Yolanda sitting in her car with the gun to her head. Eventually, the police standoff ended with Yolanda surrendering to the police. Yolanda was later arrested & charged for the murder of Selena.
On October 26, 1995, even though Yolanda claimed that it was an accident, she was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 30 years. Due to death threats from Selena fans, Yolanda is placed in 23-hour isolation.