Selena Quintanilla's killer is alive, Texas official says

Official: Contrary to social media reports, famed singer's killer is still alive

Selena and Yolanda Saldivar
Selena and Yolanda Saldivar

GATESVILLE, Texas – Selena Quintanilla’s killer is still alive, according to a Texas official.

After a viewer called asking KSAT's sister station, KPRC, to confirm if Yolanda Saldivar had been found dead in her cell, the station did some digging and learned from Robert Hurst, Texas Department of Criminal Justice public information officer, that she’s not dead.

Facebook posts and an online report are circulating saying that Saldivar is dead, but the periodic rumor is not true. She is alive and behind bars, serving a life sentence for murder.

“Yolanda Saldivar is not hospitalized. She is not dead,” Hurst said. “She is currently incarcerated at the Mountain View unit in Gatesville, Texas.”

Selena was fatally shot by Saldívar, her fan club's president, in 1995. 


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An Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist, Amanda Cochran is a Houston transplant from New York City who has embraced her new city with both arms -- living and breathing news and all things Texas.